New Zealand is surrounded by sea and the outer boundaries of its landmass are carved with inlets and harbours. The beautiful ocean with its colourful marine life is never far away. Yet often we don’t think of what is going on under the surface of the pristine turquoise-calm or the choppy-grey surface
With that in mind I asked our maintenance team if they were willing to cut the three connected dolphins from plywood if I provided them with the paper pattern I had copied from a library book and enlarged several times. They were with that and from there on the rest was simple.
The bookshelves attached to the top of the display board form a natural layer between water and air. This way I could devote the complete display board to the colourful marine life with its blue and orange fish, green seaweed, red coral reefs and yellow, pink or blue anemones.
Shopping at the cheapy shops became a party and attaching the black and and silver layers of paper to the plywood bottlenoses sometimes a party puzzle. I learned that there are three ways to attract attention: movement- colour – lights
I also asked the maintenance team if they could cut me 6 soft board shelves to attach under the metal shelves for stapling items to or hanging materials from creating a 3D effect. And I could attach Christmas lights. The team is fantastic and they granted my wishes.
What you need:
Images from dolphins enlarged and shaped in a half-circle matching the display board. Don’t forget that the first and third dolphin are only halfway out of the water. The tail of the first and head of the third need to be stapled to the board. They don’t need to be of plywood but can be made of card
Plywood and screws to attach it to the metal bar of the board (if you have a low ceiling you can hang the dolphins from the ceiling or if you have the display against the wall you can attach them to the wall)
Black and silver paper to cover (both sides of) the plywood dolphins Double-sided tape
Aquamarine wrapping paper. Images of NZ fish, seaweed and other sea animals/life enlarged and laminated to give them a shiny, wet look (this can be done before the actual day to make working on the display less stressful). Colourful fish (two dollar shop) to hang in front of the board for the 3D effect. Sea creatures; optional (I used magnets). Shells, (don’t forget to bring a plastic bag when you’re going to the beach) or little pieces of driftwood. Cardboard boxes to put in front of the display board to create 3D effect. Christmas lights. Netting (I used plant netting from a nursery)
Soft board for under the display shelves
Velcro to attach the core-board to the display board
What to do:
Put pieces of black paper under the plywood dolphins and draw the contours of the dolphins. Cut these pieces out. Use the silver paper to
Arrange the books on top of the shelves and in between the boxes at the bottom. Look at matching book covers or contrasting colours and re-arrange till satisfied.
To view larger images of displays click on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gr8displays/