Suspended Art Installation: Atrium Mobile for the Hussman Institute for Autism

Our team was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit and photograph this large-scale suspended art installation, a fabric atrium mobile we created for the Hussman Institute for Autism in Catonsville, Maryland.

Banner Art Studio was commissioned by the Purposeful Architecture Studio of Purple Cherry Architects in Annapolis, Maryland to create colorful atrium mobile art based on the Hussman Institute’s mission, logo and colors.

“When our client does not occupy an entire building, we need to find creative ways to convey their message. A hanging art mobile in a space like the one we had at the Hussman Institute is an incredible way-finding tool,” says Cathy Cherry, Principal at Purple Cherry Architects.

Located on the campus of Catonsville College in Maryland, the Hussman Institute for Autism provides a continuum of resources to serve the needs of individuals with autism. The Institute works to translate research findings into interventions that will change how people with autism are supported day-to-day.

Banner Art Studio’s suspended art installations are fabricated of the finest quality transluscent Dupont Solarmax nylon and welded stainless steel armature to react with both man-made and natural light like stained glass. They are designed to catch interior air currents and both natural and manmade light so that they move slowly, spark visual interest, complement interior decor and reflect a client’s core values, spirit and aspirations. They hang in education centers, museums, schools, universities and adorn corporate work spaces and atriums worldwide.

This atrium mobile contains the Hussman Institute’s logo symbols, the dove, heart and the autism puzzle piece, and creates a focal point in an otherwise empty architectural space. It helps brand the space as part of the Hussman Institute, welcoming staff, guests and families.

The fabrication, shipping and installation process Banner Art Studio has developed for our large-scale suspended art installations and fabric atrium mobiles means we can ship even a large piece like this from our studio in Del Norte, Colorado anywhere in the country or the world. Our clients repeatedly tell us:

“It was amazing how easy Banner Art Studio made the mobile to install. One person could handle a piece of the mobile easily, and they do an incredible job of marking things so it’s obvious for anyone to see how they fit together.”

Our artistic process helps hospitals, universities, research centers and nonprofits create maximum impact while staying within budget.

Read more about the process an architect uses when designing and decorating an interior space for children and adults with special needs in our full interview with Cathy Cherry of Purple Cherry Architects here.

For more examples of our Large-Scale Architectural Mobile Art, visit our Galleries.

Learn about the artistic process at Banner Art Studio here.

Contact us today to get started on your next project.

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Monarch Butterfly Mobile Art for Corporate Client in Mexico

We recently delivered this monarch butterfly architectural atrium art mobile for corporate client Polaquimia, part of the Polak Group in Mexico City. The mobile tells the story of a company that has been working on agricultural and water treatment innovations since 1919, today with a renewed emphasis on ecology and sustainability.

The mobile hangs beneath skylights in the atrium of Polaquimia’s corporate offices, suspended beneath 18 foot ceilings, catching natural and man-made light. The large-scale fabric art mobile is 11 feet wide by 7 feet high, and its inspiration came from Greg Polak, member of the Polak Group’s founding family.

“I was tasked with the challenge of re-inventing my group of companies in processes, technology and facilities,” says Greg. “This included updating one of our company’s logos, and its slogan. As a lover of visual art for its use in motivating people, I was looking for art to represent the modern direction our company is taking, and to inspire our staff.”

Every year, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies travel the length of North America to spend the winter in Mexico. Monarchs have been symbolic for the people of Mexico through the ages. The indigenous people called the monarchs the “souls of the departed” because their arrival in early November coincided with festivals honoring the dead. Central Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve near Mexico City is a conservation area, a World Heritage Site and an important hub for tourism. In recent years, the Mexican government has taken steps to help preserve the monarch and its habitat, making the butterfly synonymous with environmental protection.

“Polaquimia received the “Clean Industry” award from SEMARNAT, Mexico’s EPA, and our new slogan is ‘Ecosustainable Chemical Innovations.’  I believe that with Mettje’s help, we were able to use this artwork to convey our direction and purpose as a company.”

We at Banner Art are pleased to add Polaquimia to our growing list of international clients, including Ceide Fields Archeology Museum in Dublin Ireland and the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

See more large-scale butterfly art installations in our Galleries.

Learn about the artistic process at Banner Art Studio here.

Contact us today to get started on your next project.

 

 

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Large-Scale Architectural Mobile Art: Architect Interview, Cathy Cherry

Cathy Cherry, Founder, Purple Cherry Architects in Annapolis MD

Banner Art Studio was recently commissioned to create large-scale architectural mobile art by the Purposeful Architecture Studio of Purple Cherry Architects in Annapolis, Maryland  for the Hussman Institute for Autism, also in Maryland. Banner Art Studio was also able to collaborate with John Hussman, who really involved himself in the artistic process. The completed installation features the autism awareness puzzle piece, and the doves and hearts of the Hussman Institute.

We followed up the successful installation by interviewing Cathy Cherry, Principal at Purple Cherry Architects, about the process an architect uses when designing an interior space for children and adults with special needs.

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BA: How does commissioning a piece of mobile art fit into your overall process as an architect?

Architectural rendering of the Hussman Institute


CC: From the very beginning, we knew we wanted large-scale art inside the Hussman Institute. We were working within an existing two-story lobby inside a business office in which our client took two of three floors. Because the vertical volume was larger than the horizontal volume, it was immediately apparent that center of the volume needed to be filled.

When our client does not occupy an entire building, we need to find creative ways to convey their message. Explaining to people that our clients exist, and what they are all about can take many forms. Digital photography of people and faces is often the most straightforward, but signage on the outside of a building is normally restricted by jurisdictional codes. Signage on the inside of a building is usually restricted by the landlord. We can get around all of this with art. A hanging art mobile in a space like the one we had at the Hussman Institute is an incredible way-finding tool that is not code-restricted.

BA: How did you find Banner Art Studio?

CC: Once we decided to fill the space with a mobile, I went online. I searched “mobiles” and was most impressed with Banner Art’s use of organic shapes and fluidity. The long leaves and monarch butterflies of their artwork was breathtaking to me, and the quality was evident through the photography I saw.

BA: Thank you Cathy, we are so glad we were able to work with you. How did Banner Art’s mobiles fit into your goals with the Hussman Institute’s goals?

CC: We knew we needed color and light to reference the Hussman Institute’s commitment to autism. Banner Art’s hanging art mobiles take the next step and help convey emotion, using colors and shapes that are familiar to a person, like doves, hearts and the autism puzzle piece. I was looking for a hanging art mobile that was large scale. The fact that Banner Art Studio mobiles are fluid and move continuously with interior air currents was very interesting to us. We saw that this would create excitement within the space. My goal was to take that excitement to an emotional level for the viewer.

BA: Why did you choose Banner Art Studio?

Hanging art can be made a thousand different ways, and there are studios across the country producing it. But because the Purposeful Architecture Studio of Purple Cherry Architects works with many nonprofit clients, we have to be budget-sensitive. I immediately recognized that working with Banner Art Studio’s fabric and steel armature art rather than the alternatives would create maximum impact while remaining cost-effective.

Founder of Purposeful Architecture, Cathy’s role as caretaker for family members with autism and Downs Syndrome inform her awareness of the needs of both individuals with special needs and their caregivers.

A wholly-integrated design firm, Purple Cherry Architects provide architecture, interior design, space planning and programming, construction administration and graphic support for marketing and fundraising. The Purposeful Architecture Studio of Purple Cherry Architects is committed to creating spaces that foster thoughtful learning and inspire creativity and individuality in children and adults with special needs.

The Hussman Institute for Autism provides a continuum of resources to serve the needs of individuals with autism, including training materials, model programs, and evidence‐based practices, centered around principles of positive, naturalistic, humane support, and the presumption that individuals with autism are competent – even if they face significant challenges demonstrating it through communication and initiation. The Institute works to translate its research findings into interventions that will change how people with autism are supported day-to-day.

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Each beautifully translucent piece by Banner Art Studio is designed by our artists to catch a building’s air currents and natural and artificial light. We design in collaboration with our clients to create truly unique, one-of-a-kind artwork and banners that represent the spirit of a community or place. We have developed an assembly process for our suspended installations that makes them easy to pack, ship and install. We have a broad and inspiring portfolio and a talent for bringing your idea to life, and we work with clients all over the country and the world. For examples of our Large-Scale Architectural Mobile Art, visit our Galleries.

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Bright Butterfly Ceiling Installation in Tornado Alley Elementary School

Our first delivery of butterflies to Grove Valley, Oklahoma happened on the same day of the first tornado in May 2013, which devastated schools and communities on the south edge of Edmond.

Still, our contact there provided this testimonial about the installation process:

“The maintenance men from administration had no problem installing the butterflies and leaflets. The hardware provided by your company is the key to seamless installation.” -Kathleen, Grove Valley School, Edmond OK

It was with heavy hearts that we received the news of the devastating tornadoes. The symbolism of butterflies, chosen by the school, connotes new beginnings and transformation. It seems an appropriate choice, offering hope and light to this community.

The suspended art installations are fabricated from translucent Dupont Solarmax, which catches ambient light, giving the mobiles a stained glass-like quality. They are like jewelry for architectural interiors, adding color, movement and light to any space illuminated by natural or manmade light.

Banner Art butterfly art mobiles brighten architectural interiors, and their slow turning movement is meditative and calming. Students’ creativity, perspective and thought processes are awakened when new angles of the same piece are seen. Schools, museums, youth centers and recreation centers use our kinetic mobile art for kids to reinforce core values, create a sense of community, and ignite a child’s learning process and imagination.

Our hanging fabric art sculptures animate spaces, adding light and color. See examples of our work in our Galleries.

Fill out our Contact Form or give us a call to get started. Banner Art Studio will work with you to design a completely new, custom art mobile that meets both your organizational objectives and enhances your building’s architectural style. Get started brightening up your interior space and creating a symbol for your community by contacting the artists at Banner Art Studio today.

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Bring the Outdoors In: Leafy, Botanical Suspended Installations

Bring the outdoors in with leafy, botanical suspended sculpture art from Banner Art Studio.

Waterfall, river and stream imagery brings a sense of peace and tranquility to your office atrium, zoo exhibit, nature center, hospital or education facility. Dentists offices love our work because it gives patients an uplifting focal point.

A leafy art sculpture paired with modern skylights brings to mind a relaxing forest retreat or garden bower for all who enter your space. Create a relaxing, meditative environment and bring balance and comfort with our custom commissioned art mobiles.

Founding artist and artistic director of Banner Art Studio Mettje Swift says, “Colors affect the psyche. The color green has to do with growth, becoming and transformation, perfect for school and medical center settings, Dark blues are royal, and connote higher being. Light blues are spiritual.” The suspended art installations are fabricated of translucent Dupont Solarmax, which catches ambient light, giving the mobiles a stained glass-like quality.

Our botanical art mobiles move subtly with interior air currents, and the slow turning movement is meditative and calming. The viewer’s creativity, perspective and thought processes are awakened when new angles of the same piece are seen. Clinics, cancer centers and hospitals have especially found that our art mobiles bring a tranquility to what can be a stressful environment.

The art sculptures animate spaces, adding light and color. See examples of our work in our Galleries.

Fill out our Contact Form or give us a call to get started. Banner Art Studio will work with you to design a completely new, custom art mobile that meets both your organizational objectives and enhances your building’s architectural style. Get started brightening up your interior space by contacting the artists at Banner Art Studio today.

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Fall Festival Banners

Large custom banners for downtown areas define shopping districts, mark the entrance to festivals, and advertise upcoming events in your neighborhood.

Telluride Film Festival Banners by Banner Art Studio. Photo Credit: Ralph Barnie

Hand-sewn from Dupont Solarmax Nylon Flag Fabric, custom banners and flags from Banner Art Studio are superior in quality, look and appeal to canvas banners and vinyl banners. (Click here to read the backstory on the banner below, produced by Banner Art Studio for the 1990 Mountain Bike Championships – it was at the center of a 22-year international mystery!)

MTB Championships Banner by Banner Art Studio. Photo Credit: DAVID BERGELAND/Durango Herald

The artists at Banner Art Studio fabricate custom outdoor banners in collaboration with our clients. We produce grand opening banners, advertising flags and banners, outdoor advertising banners and light post banners in full color.

Farmers Market Banner by Banner Art Studio

Our banners and flags celebrate local history (like our wild salmon banners for Petersburg, AK), flora and fauna native to an area (like our summer sunflowers for Glenwood Springs, CO), showcase fall foliage (like our Normandy,  MO flag pole banners), and to mark events like Farmer’s Markets.

We produced flounder, salmon, shrimp and red snapper banners for Petersburg, Alaska, known as a fishing town and for its vibrant outdoorsy lifestyle.

Sally Dwyer of Petersburg, Alaska says:

The 20 banners on Main Street have added to the excitement and energy of shopping and visiting downtown Petersburg. We are looking forward to hanging the 16 colorful new banners at the 4 harbor areas to welcome the fishermen home and the visitors to the island.

Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

Our event banners and street banners help demarcate a downtown area, promote shopping districts, create ambiance and encourage shoppers to make a day of it. Our holiday banners are very popular around Christmastime – they bring cheer when the leaves are off the trees, advertise special shopping days and look spectacular with a white backdrop of snow.

Here are more examples of just some of the types of downtown and festival banners we have created:

See more examples of Banner Art Studio handiwork in our Custom Fabric Art Galleries.

Aspen Light Pole Banners by Banner Art Studio

Contact Us today to start the discussion about an over the street banner for your town or district. We have a broad, inspiring portfolio, creative artists on staff, and we can bring your unique idea to life.

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Welcome Students! College Banners, Signs and Flags

Fort Lewis College Welcome Week Banner

Banner Art Studio is always pleased to help welcome students back to school with custom college banners signs and flags. We create one-of-a-kind, quality hand-sewn border applique across-the-street banners for our clients at Universities, colleges and other educational institutions. Shown above in downtown Durango, Colorado is the custom banner we designed for Fort Lewis College. The public liberal arts college in Colorado hired Banner Art Studio to create this banner for Welcome Week, an August “get to know you” event. Welcome Week gives new and returning students a chance to meet each other and familiarize themselves with the campus prior to the start of classes. Fabric banners are excellent to help promote:

  • College Family Weekends
  • University Theater Festivals
  • Collegiate Sporting Events
  • Homecoming
  • College Music Festivals
  • Writing Festivals
  • Film Festivals and more

Banner Art Studio created the banners for Fort Lewis College’s Family Weekend and for their festival of Native American Culture, the Hozhoni Days Powwow & Pageant. The Navajo name meaning “Days of Beauty” includes a month of pageantry, speakers, powwowing, and celebration of cultures that is Fort Lewis College’s longest-standing student-led tradition.

Banner Art Studio has custom-designed banners and suspended installations for colleges and Universities across the nation, including:

  • Fort Lewis College, Colorado
  • Wheeling Jesuit University
  • The University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Loyola Medical University in Chicago, Illinois
  • The College of Eastern Utah
  • Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa
  • Trinidad State Junior College in Alamosa, Colorado
  • Crystal River Elementary School, Carbondale, Colorado
  • Battlement Mesa Middle School, Parachute, Colorado
  • Escalante Middle School in Durango, Colorado
  • Mountain Lakes High School in New Jersey

Did you know:

  • Banner Art Studio has a 30 year track record of success helping schools, colleges and universities create a sense of community with custom art and banners.
  • Not only do we create beautiful, light-translucent across-the-street banners like the one shown above, we are also expert at crafting large-scale atrium art and kinetic art mobiles for indoor architectural spaces. Read about the colorful mobile we created for Graceland University in Lamoni Iowa, or our atrium display for Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling West Virginia.
Cerulean warbler suspended installation for Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV

Suspended Installation for Wheeling Jesuit University

Art in schools and universities:

  • creates a sense of community and pride
  • is educational for students
  • can deliver behavioral expectations
  • enhances your school’s aesthetic
  • brightens large open spaces, and
  • creates a positive learning environment for students.

See a list of schools, colleges and universities we have worked with – and photography of what we have created for them – here.

Learn more about Banner Art’s “educational art” and banners for children here.

Contact Us today to start the discussion about your organization’s project or idea. We have a broad, inspiring portfolio, and our talent is to bring your unique idea to life.

 

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We’ve Been Busy

Spring is our busy season here at Banner Art Studio, and we’re currently working on several projects – including banners and suspended installations – due to be shipped soon, or already installed.

  • We recently created and shipped two butterflies for a suspended installation in Edmond, Oklahoma. They made it there just in time for the tornadoes, but were not damaged.
  • We created and shipped colorful birds (shown above) for the Mesa County Library in Grand Junction, Colorado who just had their Grand Re-Opening on June 20. Client pictures show the birds really catch the natural sunlight coming through windows in the building, complementing the library’s all-new modern look, open architecture and vaulted ceilings (shown below).
  • The Palmer Center in Colorado Springs has been a client since the mid-’80s, but we are creating all-new banners. Stay tuned for photography.
  • We are designing custom Main Street Banners for Nucla, Colorado, a new client.
  • We are mending and replacing Light Pole Banners for South Fork, Colorado (below) in time for their Fourth of July celebration.

Do you have an indoor or outdoor space that could be beautified through the use of translucent fabric banner art or a suspended installation? We design in collaboration with our clients to create truly unique, one-of-a-kind artwork and banners that represent the spirit of a community or place. The gentle motion of our indoor mobile art is soothing, meditative and therapeutic. Our flags and banners offer a unified look to outdoor spaces and inspire a community’s public identity. Our time-tested artistic methods offer a unique, balanced perspective each time a piece is viewed. Contact us today to discuss your idea and we will work with you to create truly inspirational public art!

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Interview with Jo Hohlbein, Creative Director, Indianapolis Zoo

If you’ve been following the Banner Art Blog, you already know about the suspended installations we created in collaboration with the Indianapolis Zoo’s Creative Services Team. The Zoo’s all-new butterfly exhibit features our hanging, twirling mobile art (see more pictures of the completed large-scale kinetic butterfly mobile art here).

Our suspended installations at the Indianapolis Zoo.

We also recently completed outdoor fabric butterfly art for the Zoo, intended to attract and guide Zoo patrons from other areas of the Zoo into the all-new butterfly exhibit.

Jo Hohlbein, Creative Director at the Indianapolis Zoo, was kind enough to take time out of her busy day to give us her thoughts from a client perspective on what the experience is like working with Banner Art Studio.

Jo Hohlbein, Creative Director at the Indianapolis Zoo

BA: How and why did you choose Banner Art Studio for your project?

JH: Over the winter, we recognized some architectural and navigational issues with White River Gardens and the Hilbert Conservatory. The Gardens started out as a separate attraction from the Zoo: it is physically disconnected from the flow of the Zoo, and there used to be an additional entry fee for the Gardens. Today, the Gardens and Conservatory are part of the Zoo. Your entry fee entitles you to visit it all. But getting Zoo patrons into the Gardens and Conservatory is an ongoing marketing challenge we face at the Zoo.

We wanted to invest in something that would bring patrons back to the Gardens and Conservatory, but needed to be sure we would see the ROI. Bringing back the Conservatory’s much-loved butterfly exhibit seemed a logical choice. My Creative Services Team was challenged to do an all-new, bigger, better exhibit – unlike anything before it. The “Butterfly Kaleidoscope” theme was developed as an exciting way to make the color, light, and movement of butterflies larger-than-life, and to make learning about the amazing metamorphosis of these magical creatures even more fun. So we set out to transform the experience of walking into the Conservatory into one of entering an immense glass kaleidoscope.

A co-worker was doing some image searching online, and found some inspiring photography from the Banner Art Studio mobile art portfolio that captured the look I had in mind. I knew when I saw them that I had to get in touch with Mettje and her team at Banner Art Studio. In the end, this was an artistic decision. I knew Mettje was the person that could create what we were envisioning.

BA: Tell us a little about your background, and what the Creative Director job at the Zoo entails.

JH: I’ve been at the Indianapolis Zoo for going on five years, and my Department is responsible for making everything visual in the Zoo and related to the Zoo’s brand. This includes print media, maps, images, brochures and more – anything the guest will be viewing while he or she is at the Zoo.

My degree is in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. Lately, my career has been focused on traditional print media including graphic design for newspapers and magazines. So any sculptural and three-dimensional art I help create for the Zoo involves a lot of on-the-job learning.

I was so thankful to be in communication with Mettje for this project. She asks the right questions, and helped me think through all of the issues related to both the interior mobile art and the outdoor installation. She knows what she’s doing, and her experience working with different architectural spaces and in different environments is invaluable.

BA: What was the biggest challenge you faced during your project?

JH: For budgetary reasons, the exhibit inside the Conservatory was on a crazy time frame. We contacted Banner Art Studio in mid-October for a mobile we needed complete by the end of the year.

BA: Was price an issue?

JH: We are a nonprofit organization, so price and budget constraints are always an issue. Banner Art was always willing to work with us. For example, in the initial project I was on a tight timeframe (I had to close out the project by 12/31/12). I felt we needed both the mobiles and some small butterflies for the entrance to the building to help draw people into the Conservatory. Because of the incredibly short time frame there was no way Mettje could complete the mobiles and do these butterflies. Mettje accommodated us by selling me scrap fabric from the mobiles (so the colors of the butterflies would match the mobiles) and then gave my assistant and I a crash course on a few of her secrets so that we could create our own small butterflies. These hang in the entry hallway leading to the exhibit. While they in no way compare to Mettje’s pieces, they made it possible for me to complete this project the way I wanted within the budget and time constraints I had. I would say that’s going above and beyond for a client.

For the exterior exhibit, we had more time. We looked at a number of vendors and exhibit design firms. But they all had the same solution to our traffic and marketing problem: they wanted to create fiberglass butterflies to attract patrons to the Conservatory. While the fiberglass butterflies could be left outside all winter, they would not have the same kind of translucent glowing effect that Banner Art butterflies have,  and they would not tie together with the indoor pieces as seamlessly. I knew Mettje and her team would create something beautiful, and in the end there would be no comparison. So we chose Banner Art Studio for the installation outside as well.

While we’re on the topic of price, I should mention that Mettje was also excellent at helping me get the most “bang for my buck.” For example, we wanted to maximize the effect of the outdoor butterflies on the buildings. Instead of providing me a straight quote, she gave me options – “for x amount of money, we can get y done.” She was willing to adjust the sizes of the butterflies so that we could get more done for our money. There was some compromise and negotiation involved, but this type of guidance helped us accomplish our goals and still stay within budget.

BA: How did the installation go? How long did it take, and were the people who worked on it happy?

JH: Putting the mobile art into the Conservatory could not have gone more smoothly. It was amazing how easy Mettje and her team made the mobile to install. One person could handle a piece of the mobile easily, and Mettje does an incredible job of marking things so it’s obvious for anyone to see how they fit together. We have five separate Banner Art mobiles in the Conservatory. Between my staff and the Conservatory staff we had five people to install them. It only took us four hours to completely install the mobile.

For part two of the project, the outdoor butterflies, Mettje and her team figured out the engineering and fashioned the butterflies in such a way that it is easy to take them down completely in winter. The outdoor butterflies are much bigger and heavier (handling them is definitely a two-man job). Due to the manpower needed and since installing them would involve pouring concrete, we did hire contractors to help. When the Project Manager on grounds heard that Mettje and her team were creating the outdoor butterflies, he said “Well, I’m sure everything will be easy to follow. That’s the way she works!”

BA: How did you choose the color palette for the mobiles and outdoor cloth art?

JH: The Zoo’s color palette was what we gave to Banner Art as a starting point for the mobile art. We hired muralists to create a trompe l’oeil mural for the side of the Conservatory, to really bring the inside of the Gardens out and entice patrons to visit the exhibit. Mettje also had sketches for this mural to create the outdoor fabric butterflies.

I had my own personal ideas about making everything work together. Once I had all of the pieces, I was able to use my own judgement to make everything relate. I was able to do this effectively because of all of the planning and collaboration with Mettje on the front end.

BA: The pictures speak a thousand words – the end products appear to all work well together. Do you think the art we created was able to begin to help solve the marketing problem and traffic flow issues you described for the Zoo?

JH: The entire installation is fantastic, beautiful and unique. Mettje is able to create things that are both artistic and functional. She’s a true artist, but has the ability to think things through, and she has a real knack for engineering. What Banner Art did for us really works for the Zoo, and Mettje is a joy to work with.

It’s spring, so we are still in “school group mode” right now. The kids are crazy excited about the butterflies – they want to take them home! – and we’re seeing more and more Zoo patrons lured over to the Conservatory by the colorful outdoor butterfly fabric art. We are energized and optimistic that what we have created could help us increase attendance – both for the Butterfly Kaleidoscope Exhibit and for the Zoo at large – as our demographic starts to change for the summer.

View our Gallery of Large Scale Butterfly Art Installations.

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Outdoor Butterfly Installation Complete

This just in: photography of the fabric butterfly art Banner Art studio created in collaboration with the Indianapolis Zoo! These giant butterflies have been installed to guide Zoo patrons from outside the Hilbert Conservatory at White River Gardens into the all-new Butterfly Kaleidoscope exhibit, a project which features our hanging, twirling mobile art (see pictures of the completed large-scale kinetic butterfly mobile art here).

 

Through September 3rd, you too can experience the all-new butterfly display. Depending on when you visit, different flora and fauna will be in bloom (see the Zoo’s What’s Blooming Now page). The Hilbert Conservatory is open weekly Tuesday through Sunday.

What a fantastic project!

Learn about the process through an interview with our client Jo Hohlbein, here.

View our Gallery of Large Scale Butterfly Art Installations.

Also see Across the Street Banners.

Read more about Our Process and the materials we use on our FAQ page.

Contact Us Today. We would love to collaborate with you and create outdoor fabric art to enhance your community.

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