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New Aquarium in Arizona !

cthulhu77

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I went out yesterday to take a look at the aquarium being built by Mickey Olson, who owns Wildlife World Zoo. Fantastic job, this thing is massive, and has at least 5 cephalopod tanks (hopefully, I talked him out of the nautilus display).



They have a full service restaurant and bar going in, with a 180 degree view of the shark tank that is two stories high...this is John and Mickey up on the upper level:

 

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The facility of four buildings is over 35,000 feet total...the largest aquarium ever built in arizona. I may be doing some of the artwork for some of the displays.
 

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cthulhu77;122073 said:
I may be doing some of the artwork for some of the displays.
That will be too cool (especially for AZ:wink:).

In case no one else noticed, your signature is especially meaningful below the shark tank picture :sagrin:
 

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dwhatley;122104 said:
In case no one else noticed, your signature is especially meaningful below the shark tank picture :sagrin:
:lol::roflmao:

There's a huge delay on the project, but there's been a lot of discussion of building one like that in Grapevine, restraunt and all. I wonder if the same people are involved.
 

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found out this morning that I got the job, so I will be working there until november...they are hoping for a december opening.
I'll be posting in progress pics.
 

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cthulhu77;122137 said:
found out this morning that I got the job, so I will be working there until november...they are hoping for a december opening.
I'll be posting in progress pics.
EXCELLENT. Are they open to you posting pictures of the progress?
 

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Oh yeah, I've known the owner of the zoo for decades. It should be a fun, though long, project.
Long's not bad if it is fun and you are getting paid for it :grin:
 

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Oh, I never work for free ! :) Yeah, it should be a fun project, but it is a bit of a drive every day for me. Ah well.
I start on Tuesday, so I will be posting in progress pics several times a week...feel free to comment.

DH, I got your message, and sent an email out. Oddly enough, I have some of his artwork!
 

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I hope you keep up with the photos! Watching the metamorphis is great, makes me want to vote for AZ for TONMOCON III! (New do I see ;>)
 

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Well, any Tonmo members, let me know if you will be out here...if there is a group, I could arrange a behindthescenes sort of thing.

One of the custom skimmers:



The curator designed these, he used to work at the Oklahoma Zoo, and really knows his stuff. Just wait to you see the custom made chillers!
 

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I second D on this one. Keep the photos coming!
 

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