Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab
The Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab at the Amazonia House of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is a multisensory lab home to a 5-foot-long electric eel, capable of generating up to 800 volts of electricity, and a number of other species of electric species. It was a pleasure to be involved with the development of this exhibition from its early stages and create a number of content pieces.
One of the most popular displays is a bronze life-sized model of an eel built as an approximation of a 3D digital model that I created (see it at Sketchfab from every angle!). When visitors hold the head and the tail simultaneously, their bodies complete a weak electrical charge and the model fish vibrates. When the model is idle the screen above plays a video I edited using real footage of the Amazon river basin; upon the completion of the circuit in the model, visitors see an animation video that I created to illustrate the uniqueness of the bodies of electric eels.
Elsewhere in the exhibition are panels with my illustrations and two additional animations that emphasize the differences between pulse and wave types of electric fishes.
Client: Smithsonian’s National Zoo