Hey, check out the Audubon Insectarium—we played a part in its creation.

We have worked with the Audubon Nature Institute for many years. We have contributed our art direction and design services to traveling and permanent exhibits of the Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Insectarium and The Nature Center.

The images shown here are from the Insectarium. We worked with Audubon’s Design and Exhibitory staff to help them achieve their vision for the New Orleans Gallery and the Tiny Termite Cafe.  We researched the topics for each display, supplied copy, collected and purchased artifacts, created graphics and art directed multiple vendors. I haven’t counted but I would say there are over 100 graphic pieces within the gallery and the cafe.  It took 5 years to complete as it was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina. Today, the museum thrives in the historic Customs House, at the foot of Canal Street.



Cafe Poster

Located at the entrance to the Tiny Termite Cafe this poster invites you to come partake in the cooking shows. You can taste homemade "chocolate chirp" cookies and other delectibles from around the world. Specialty insects, of course.


Flea Circus

Believe it or not—A real-live flea circus! Doing the research was so entertaining. I found "possibly" the only Flea Circus Master left in the world. He constructed a show with tiny cannons blasting, balls moving across the stage "pushed by trained fleas" and circus music framing the act. We directed local artisans to construct the housing and decorative fabric elements. This is one of my favorite exhibits; it's located in the cafe.


Cafe Table sample

In the Tiny Termite Cafe there are several live vivariums/displays that also function as cafe tables for eating. Each table contains artifacts and graphics showing how the cultures of the world interact with the specific insects inside, for example, the silk worm and China. The stories for each insect were researched and the items were searched out and purchased.


Madame Rosa Sign

This is a 3-D sign hanging in front of a mosquito display. The exhibit initially housed Tox Mosquitoes that do not bite. The exhibitor was to put their hand inside of the vivarium and have the harmless insect land on their hands. With this concept in mind we created a fortune-telling display and named it Madame Rosa in keeping with the New Orleans tradition of palm reading.