Olson Visual installed a customized T3 System graphic for Aquarium of the Pacific for the groundbreaking ceremony of Pacific Visions. On Feb. 2, 2017, celebrated the first major expansion of the facility. Spearkers included: Teresa Phillips of American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Aquarium Board Chairman John Molina, and Long Beach City Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. “We are here today to begin the process of turning this space into a great vessel for education, learning, and science. As a former educator at Cal State Long Beach, I am also proud of the role the Aquarium has played in scientific research, stewardship, and education. As a resident of Long Beach I am especially proud of the role that the Aquarium has played in promoting ecology, conservation, and preservation of our seas. I look forward to being here when the Pacific Visions expansion is complete and providing our whole… read more →
Olson Visual created many graphics for the Aquarium of the Pacific this last year. This included the Pacific Visions and Mudskipper exhibitions. Check out these images of the mural, window graphics and the T3 backlit. Mudskippers are a unique fish that can live in both land and underwater. Their name derives from their ability to climb and hop on land using their fins. These animals are native to Indonesia, the Indian Ocean, and Africa. The exhibit is now on view with two species of the mudskippers at Harbor Terrace. This is located on the eastern side of the main building on the ground floor. http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/exhibits/harbor_terrace/ Pacific Visions is a new wing of the Aquarium of the Pacific. It will be an educational center focusing on the oceanic world. The exterior will… read more →
Olson Visual worked on the new exhibition Seahorses and Seadragons at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. These fantastical sea creatures are have rigid bodies and fins for swimming that flutter rapidly. Males are the only ones that incubate the eggs and hatch at a young age. Seadragons live up to seven years, while seahorses only for three. The three species of seadragons are: weedy, ruby seadragon, and leafy. Surprisingly, they were only recently discovered last year. Seadragons are only found in the waters near Australia while seahorses are found all over the world. Seahorses have rigid pieces of bone that cover their body and use their tail to attache themselves to the seafloor or other places in the water. They stay close to their birthplace because they are not the strongest swimmers. Although, the pot-bellied type of seahorse will swim long distances. They beat their fins 40… read more →
Here are a few exhibits that Olson Visual has created graphics for. Jellies Sea jellies are members of the phylum Cnidaria (pronounced nigh-DARE-ee-uh). Within this phylum is the class Scyphozoa, which includes the most familiar types of sea jellies, with bell-shaped bodies and tentacles or oral arms. This includes moon jellies, purple-striped jellies, Pacific sea nettles, and many other species. Other classes of sea jellies in the phylum include: Hydrozoa (small, usually transparent species like umbrella and crystal jellies; this class also includes the Portuguese Man-o-War, which is actually a colony of jellies in their medusa and polyp forms), Cubozoa (box jellies and sea wasps), and Staurozoa (stalked jellies that live attached to rocks and other surfaces). Together, there are several thousand species of jellies in the Cnidarian branch of the animal family tree. At the Aquarium, jellyfish are referred to as sea jellies because technically they are not… read more →
Olson Visual created numerous graphics for the Aquarium of the Pacific. They installed a large window graphic in the front entrance that greeted the visitors. They also created one for the exit and for the new exhibition now on display since June called Jellies. Sea and Comb Jellies are now live on display to be touched. Don’t worry they don’t sting! Their history is quite unique dating back to 500 million years. This makes them much older then dinosaurs. They are the first animal that we know of to swim instead of drifting and to have organized tissues. They are made up of ninety-five percent water and do not posses a heart, lung, or brain. They are instead, the simplest nervous systems known to man. They feed on zooplankton and other sea jellies. Check out these pics of our installations. We are very proud to have done the grand entrance.… read more →
Dr. Jerry Schubel has been the president and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific since 2002. Recently, we had the pleasure of catching up with the CEO to discuss sustainability and the new Southern California Steelhead Exhibition. OV: Can you describe the new Southern California Steelhead exhibition? JS: We wanted to tell the unique story of the Steelhead; a type of fish found around the world that is born here in Southern California. They all start out as Rainbow Trout but some make a journey from freshwater and travel downstream into the ocean. Here, they transform their shape into the Steelhead. This has plagued scientists for years because the same female and male can produce offspring that either stay true to their original form as a trout or become a “transformer fish” (a fish that changes shape). OV: Why is it endangered? JS: The Steelhead was once an abundant… read more →
Last year Olson Visual worked on a very important environmental exhibition at the Aquarium of the Pacific called Arctic and Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril. The melting of the polar caps, the rising of the ocean waters and the melting ice is threatening the ecosystems and other life.