In mid-May, we had a couple of rather large deliveries arrive from California to the site of our future home. If you follow our Facebook page, you saw photos of the trucks delivering our 15,000-gallon salt water aquarium as well as our jelly fish tank and sump delivery.
Now, we’d like to give you some back story as to how the tanks were created, who created them and the timeline from design to delivery.
Tenji Inc is the company who was hired to help us design and build our tanks. The company is based out of Pleasant Grove, California, and is a collaborative team of scientists, architects, engineers, and artists that designs and builds aquatic systems and exhibits. By combining science with art, Tenji projects reveal and celebrate the beauty and mystery of aquatic life.
Tenji Inc has a long, extensive list of respectable clients, including some local favorites, Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga and the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
Our communication with Tenji Inc began in early 2015. A preliminary design was provided to the staff of the Cook Museum in April 2015. Here are some “behind the scenes” photos of the initial draft, preliminary designs and the final shop drawing.
The meaning of Tenji comes from Japan. In Japanese, “tenji” means the detailed start-to-finish process of gathering complex information and presenting it in coherent and compelling ways.
We still have a lot of work left to do with Tenji as we are in the middle stages of the installation process. The tanks are now in the building at the construction site of the Cook Museum of Natural Science, but the corals are being fabricated at Tenji’s home base in California. Here are a couple more “behind the scenes” looks at what the completed ocean tank will look like.
We anticipate the Tenji team to return to our site in early August.