John G. Shedd Aquarium’s special exhibit Amphibians – which Chicago Scenic built and installed in May 2015 – is attracting public attention with its over 40 species of frogs, salamanders and caecilians. In an effort to help spread the word further, Chicago Scenic teamed up with longtime partner JC Decaux to create two customized bus shelters featuring larger-than-life amphibians.
The centerpieces of each shelter were undoubtedly the giant bull frogs, hand-sculpted and painted at Chicago Scenic. Teams began with large blocks of foam out of which they CNC-cut the general shape of the frog, then sanded each piece by hand until the figure’s eyes, nose, and toes came to life. They were then hard-coated to withstand time and weather, and hand-painted to look realistic.
Steel armatures were custom made to attach each frog to a metal skid that sits on top of the shelter. As a final touch, teams created beds of faux foliage and large vinyl letters spelling the name of the exhibit.