University of California - Santa Barbara needed a creative way to display the Marine Biology department's next big project: a kelp forest aquarium in the middle of the building.
They didn't want to simply place a sign that announced this project, but rather have something more impressive for people to see. I ended up designing a kelp forest graphic with their idea, and took it further to add a realistic - yet imaginative feel.
The piece sized out to about 25 ft.high by 7 ft. wide. I pieced together multiple images to get things to look properly balanced within the project's scale. The fish are scaled to realistic sizes, as well as the kelp. Santa Barbara Signs and Graphics installed the piece and it's now proudly displayed at the University of California - Santa Barbara Marine Biology Department building. This piece will be replaced with an actual aquarium once they've raised the funds for the project.