Written on February 21, 2018
After a thorough concept and design development process, and a period of research and refinements, Shoal and Shimmer, installations for the Tidal Touch and Jelly Fish Ramp areas of the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium are currently underway. We were happy to share our progress with a team from Point Defiance during their visit in January.
Shoal, a suspended installation for the Tidal Touch area, pays tribute to the Pacific herring, a small, but hugely important fish in the ecology and cultures of the Pacific coast. Inspired by the glinting and mesmerizing formation created by herring as they proceed through the waters of Puget Sound, Huether reimagines the shoal as a colorful installation suspended above viewers’ heads. Over 2500 laser-cut and hand-polished stainless steel herring are in production. When installed, the fish will be illuminated with a slowly revolving array of color.
Shimmer, the bright, sparkling light formed when sunlight reflects from water waves, inspires the second installation for the Aquarium. GHS worked with a videographer, as well as lighting and projection specialists, to record water patterns at the aquarium and then project the patterns onto the floors and walls of the Jelly Fish Ramp, creating a truly immersive experience. Like Shoal, color is a major component of Shimmer, and the installation will slowly transform in color throughout the day.