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September 14, 2012

Originally posted on NC Museum of Natural Sciences Exhibits Blog:

By Wendy Lovelady

Recently, we were asked “what was the weirdest thing you’ve ever had to make for an exhibit?” Our model-makers, Dwight and Jane, both found it difficult to name just one thing. Would it be the giant eyeball model that Dwight built for the Teaching Collection? Or maybe the sparkly brain, with built-in LED lights, created for an exhibit called “The Human Spark”? Bugs and other invertebrates ended up on the list more than once—a giant walking stick, a giant African land snail, all memorable models.

Photo of an exhibit case featuring a light-up brain model and a Neanderthal skull

“Braaaaiiiins!” said the zombie Exhibit Designer. “Braaaiiins with lights!”

Photo of Dwight and his Giant African Land Snail

Dwight shows off his model of a Giant African Land Snail. His office is full of creations like this.

We still have no clear winner on the question of the “weirdest,” so this is not technically an Ask the Exhibitionist answer. But I wanted to show off one of my favorites, the giant…

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