Saturday, April 20, 2024

Taylor Studios Finishes Design and Fabrication on New Exhibits at Wickiup Hill Learning Center

research fort exteriorRantoul, IL, USA — Taylor Studios recently finished designing and fabricating new interpretive exhibits for the Wickiup Hill Learning Center in Linn County, IA.  Installation is nearing completion and a grand opening will take place the second week in April.

watershed room 2The entire visitor experience is based on a children’s story, written by Taylor Studios, that takes the visitor on a journey through time. Immersive environments reflect locations in the story putting the visitor in the center of the action. In one chapter, for instance, the kids discover a magnifying glass with a mysterious inscription.  Upon reciting it, they are shrunk down to the size of a green frog! Entering this space, the visitor walks through a portal created by an oversized magnifying glass tipped on its side. A storybook station housing the physical storybook and chapter for this area is located nearby.

Entry from timeline room 1A climbable green frog model is centrally located. Off to one side, an oversized water shield flower, among dimensional horse tails reaching to the ceiling, blends into a colorful mural that fills out the scene and completes the magnified experience. Using this unique perspective, visitors learn the important functions of wetlands and excitement to explore nature more on their own is generated.

Oversized WetlandWhen asked about what made this project so interesting, project manager, Jack Sturm, answered, “The most unique aspect of this job was the way in which telling the history of the area was approached.  By first creating a storybook and then bringing the characters and their adventures to life it allows children to virtually step into the story.  Rather than just reading about history & nature they are becoming part of it.  What child hasn’t wanted to step into their favorite book?”

Gallery View from Eagle's Nest 2Since 1991, Taylor Studios has been planning, designing, and fabricating exhibits for clients across the United States and internationally. Their team, which is comprised of project managers, full-time certified interpretive planners, graphic designers, exhibit designers, and highly skilled fabricators, has the experience and talent to produce exhibits of the highest quality. They are the first and only exhibit design and fabrication company to back their work with a five-year warranty.  In 2000, Inc. Magazine named Taylor Studios among the 500 fastest growing companies in America.  In 2007 and 2009, they were listed among the 5000 fastest growing companies.  This growth can be attributed to their outstanding quality and their ability to complete projects on time and within budget.


Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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