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Signworld getting tropical at Chester Zoo

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Recently, Chester Zoo contacted The Signworld Group looking for a solution in the Tropical Realm at the zoo. Each viewing window was in-need of a jungle themed make over. Chester Zoo’s own solution involved using camouflage style netting, which partly obscure the viewing window. With a whole host of materials available to solve this problem, Signworld’s team began testing all options.

After several tests at Signworld’s Chester HQ, the team decided on a specialist, 100% optically clear, self-adhesive digital vinyl, allowing a person to see straight through without any distortion, in addition the print was laminated to allow for the windows regular cleaning without affecting the print. Signworld’s team of designers began researching different types of tropical landscapes, which would allow for an accurate scene with leaves and vines falling strategically across the window, not to fully block viewing. Once a design was created and approved by Chester Zoo’s fantastic team, a sample was produced using Signworld’s Mimaki JV3-260 Digital Printer. The Signworld solution was then ready for application to a viewing window in the tropical realm for final testing.

The Philippine Crocodile enclosure was chosen to receive the first print application. Signworld’s team of fitters delight were handpicked for the job which involved applying the clear digital print from inside the tank to the reverse side of the window. Wearing waterproof boots, the team worked within the humid temperatures to apply the vinyl prints. Being ever professional, the engineers carried out their job flawlessly as you can tell in the images below.

Signworld are shortly due to revisit Chester Zoo to install further window graphics within the tropical realm.