Northwest Tidepool Exhibit
Tacoma, Washington

The Northwest Tidepool Exhibit replicates the rugged shoreline of the North Pacific Coast -- cliffs, rocky beaches, tidepools, driftwood and surf. A wave-generation machine simulates the rhythmic crashing of waves against the carved-out rocks and demonstrates the unique adaptations of the sea creatures in response to the tremendous ocean force. A blow-hole adds a surprise, often spraying visitors as they assemble along the viewing rail.

Project credits: John Swanson, Principal, Lead Designer while with Portico, Inc.; Construction of Artificial Exhibitry by David Manwarren.