International Crane Foundation Sprit of Africa Exhibit

International Crane Foundation Africa Exhibit

Interpretive signage at the International Crane Foundation’s new Africa Exhibit (Photo by TKWA)

Client: International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, WI

Role: Project coordinator and graphic designer as an employee of the 106 Group

Primary goal: Design and coordinate fabrication of 2D and 3D objects for the Spirit of Africa Exhibit at the International Crane Foundation


icf4A species specific sign (right) and a conservation leader sign with a custom grass-look metal-worked frame (left)

The International Crane Foundation’s (ICF) headquarters in Wisconsin, provides a place of refuge for all 15 species of cranes, a place of research for international leaders in the conservation field, and a place of inspiration for the more than 25,000 people who visit the site annually.

The newest exhibit titled Spirit of Africa focuses on the species of cranes native to sub-Saharan Africa.  The Wisconsin Green Building Alliance awarded the exhibit an SE2 (Sustainability and Energy Efficiency) Leadership Award in 2009.

As part of the exhibit team at the 106 Group, I helped brainstorm, design, and coordinate fabrication of exhibit pieces including:

icf1Grass-look frames for interpretive panels and exhibit cases designed by Blue Rhino Studios
  • signs specific to each species with a custom header with cutout lettering,
  • signs focusing on conservation leaders in the field with associated exhibit cases mounted on grass-look custom metal work created by Blue Rhino Studio,
  • and wayfinding signs with a custom topper in the shape of a crane