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Giant 12-Foot-Wide CNC Routed Frogs Adapt to New Environment at Water Tower Place Shopping Mall

Shedd Aquarium asked Bridgewater Studio to take interactive “environmental” marketing in a whole new direction by using completely in-house 3D sculpting and CNC services to create giant frog sculptures in a lifelike lily pad suspension environment at the Water Tower Place Shopping Mall in Chicago.

The first step was to create a virtual representation of the creatures by scanning a 3D solid model. After the digital modeling phase was completed, our CNC router handled the 3D carving, at which point the carved pieces were reassembled and suspended 135-feet for all to see. Our in-house team owned every step from design and fabrication to the final art installation.



As always, we owned the entire process to ensure optimal results:

  • 2D + 3D Visualization
  • Schematic Design 
  • Theme Design
  • 3D Sculpting Services
  • 3D Mesh + Surface Modelling
  • 3D CAD + Solid Modeling
  • CNC and Robotics Programming
  • Shop Drawing Services
  • Rigging Design
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Painting/Finishing
  • CNC + Robot machining
  • Foam Hard Coating
  • Project Estimation + Budgeting
  • Project Schedule Development
  • Project Management Services
  • Nationwide Installation Capabilities

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