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Thanks to everyone who has replied to my inquiry! If there are any more, please send them along to me personally. I have forwarded all the suggestions to my colleague who is heading up this project.

Virge Kask
Scientific Illustrator

University of Connecticut
Biology Central Services
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3042
Storrs, CT 06269-3042

Phone: 860-486-4152
Facsimile: 860-486-3943
Email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Web: www.bcs.uconn.edu<http://www.bcs.uconn.edu>
Location: Torrey Life Sciences, Room 168

From: Kask, Virge
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 11:32 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Searching for a GIANT! Ant Model Fabricator

Greetings,
I have a colleague working on an exhibit for our Collections Department. Please read the following inquiry and let me know if you have suggestions. I can send a photo showing a mockup of the exhibit with the giant ant if you email me privately off the Listserve:

I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a natural history model fabricator in the New England area. As part of an exhibit on army ants and their so-called "guests" (symbionts), we are looking to get a giant army ant model made with some of the guests attached. You can get some idea of what we're envisioning in the attached mock-up (although this was created with a generic ant, not Eciton burchellii). The ant could end up being anywhere between 8 and 12 feet long, and we are open to materials/fabrication techniques, with the major criteria being that it will be accessible to people touching it, and the lifespan of the model needs to be 4-5 years. We are looking for a representational level of detail, not an exact biological reproduction. We have up to $10K budgeted for the project, depending on the level of sophistication provided. We would consider anything from an individual artist to a larger firm, with a preference for the more personal.

Thanks!

Virge Kask
Scientific Illustrator

University of Connecticut
Biology Central Services
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3042
Storrs, CT 06269-3042

Phone: 860-486-4152
Facsimile: 860-486-3943
Email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Web: www.bcs.uconn.edu<http://www.bcs.uconn.edu>
Location: Torrey Life Sciences, Room 168


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