Saturday, October 13, 2007

BACK TO THE NATURE






Last summer (2007) I went to Universum in Gøteborg, Sweden, and the Danish Aquarium in Charlottenlund (just outside Copenhagen, Denmark). Maybe it sounds weird but fish is one of my best sources of inspiration in graphic design. They come in all colours and shapes, and sometimes you are blown away by the beauty of all these amazing creatures. God must have been in a good mood when he was doing the life in the water. I was not greatly impressed by the Danish Aquarium. The site looked kind of worn out. But the beautiful location at Charlottenlund makes it worth a visit. Next to the building you can find a huge beach.

Images from the Danish Aquarium at Charlottenlund:




Concerning Universum in Gøteborg, I must say that the enormous fish tanks are astonishing. Very intelligently designed, you can almost get the sensation that you are down in the water with the fish and the sharks. A major treat is the walk through the rainforest, an enormous indoor installation of tropical vegetation, birds, monkeys, snakes and everything that goes with it. And, it´s not called a rainforest for nothing. You are literally sprayed with water as you are walking through the labyrinth of jungle. The first time I visited Universum they had a vast collections of butterflies in the rainforest, with all the colours you can imagine.

I am including some pictures from the London Aquarium as well. I think it was three or four years ago I went there, and the exhibition is impressive. The shark tank is fantastic with replicas of the Eastern Island statues.

And the message is, - whenever your inspiration and creativity come to a halt, find a n aquarium or a zoo. Nature rules!

The pictures below are from the London Aquarium:




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