Zoo Butterfly Work Continues with Outdoor Exhibit

In December we announced that Banner Art Studio had been commissioned to create a large-scale art mobile for the large glass conservatory in the Indianapolis Zoo.

We are thrilled to now be working on the outdoor fabric and steel art for this exhibit: giant butterflies and caterpillars that will guide patrons from outside the Conservatory into the butterfly house’s all-new Butterfly Kaliedoscope.

The butterfly kaliedoscope mobile we produced in collaboration with the Zoo’s Creative Services team now hang in the warm tropical paradise of the Hilbert Conservatory, the glass building shown in our sketch above. (See the completed mobiles here). The mobiles have helped transform the Conservatory into a bright, interesting, educational world of light and color that chases away the winter chill for patrons young and old.

The colorful butterflies currently under production for the exterior of the exhibit will be at the entrance to White River Gardens. The sculptures are abstract representations of butterflies made of nylon banner cloth on a 15′ stainless steel structure. The trees are made of 2-inch stainless steel pipe at the base that tapers toward the top to give the armatures the ability to sway. We have incorporated a special mesh netting to reduce wind resistance.

The project plan includes six “trees” with two branches each made of stainless steel pipe, a cluster of butterflies on a brick wall, and more up above the edge of the roof (shown above). Our welder is affixing the trees onto a steel plate which will then bolt in place. The stainless steel tubing we use is thick and especially for outdoor use, allowing good welds that will withstand weather.

The butterfly sculptures are large, and will lend excitement to the exhibit: they range in size from a five feet wingspan to eight feet wingspan and will be suspended at least 10′ above the ground.

The outdoor butterflies currently under production for the Zoo are much like the light pole banners and street light banners produced by Banner Art Studio to help beautify city streets, neighborhood malls, and local plazas. They offer a unified look and inspire a public identity for nationally-recognized main streets and thoroughfare throughout the United States.

The graceful and colorful fluttering of the banners we produce showcase community pride and draw attention. They are two-sided, made of translucent nylon fabric and are custom-sewn with as many vibrant colors as wanted for your specific design, project or banner. Our banners are hot cut from special nylon banner cloth, which seals the edges and prevents fraying. Our bright nylon, outdoor use fabric is durable cloth, treated to prevent ultra violet degradation and easy to clean. The nylon fibers do not absorb grease or dirt and can easily be washed clean.

See the finished product, and 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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