Since Taylor Studios has worked with many nature centers, our designers and interpreters are quite familiar with what concepts these clients want to have in an exhibit. One of the most common themes is watersheds. You live in one, everyone does, even if you have no idea what one is. How the land around you is altered and/or treated by human activity directly affects the quality of the water you drink and use every day. When you want to teach about water quality, a watershed is a crucial concept.
Watersheds are in a lot of exhibits because they’re a big, easy-to-grasp idea. We could try to sell every nature center client the same watershed exhibit, but our designers would go crazy from boredom. Since we like our staff sane, at one location we created a game for kids in which they get to pretend to be a drop of water picking up pollutants as they travel from the sky into the soil.
At another location, we designed a blank three-dimensional map upon which are projected the watershed features from above. As you might believe, this is a tad tricky to photograph well.
The thing about watersheds is the client always thinks theirs is the most fascinating feature in fifty miles. It’s a lot like a new parent showing you photos of his or her three-month-old baby. Yes, the kid is cute, yes it is smiling, but why should I care? Our job is to make the visitor care about your darling watershed. In fact, we want your watershed exhibit to look like nothing the visitor has seen before. But our inspiring exhibit has to be built around a story to work. A watershed is a physical feature, but what that watershed does and means to the people who live in it is a story. You, the client, know that story, and we are here to help you tell it. That is the essence of every one of our design projects. We’re telling your story.
Do you have a story to tell?
Oh, and every watershed is like a bathtub. FYI.