Thursday, January 8, 2009

Museum Exhibit Producer Jonathan Katz to Speak about California Academy of Sciences in February

In February, Cinnabar, Inc. CEO Jonathan Katz, executive producer of 35,000 square feet of multimedia exhibits for the celebrated, new California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, will speak on two industry panels in the San Francisco area.

Feb 13: The Living Building
presented by Metropolis magazine and Coalesse
"The Living Building" is a by-invitation event for the design community, focusing on the professional teamwork that created this breakthrough facility. This panel discussion takes place Feb 13 at the Academy. It is presented by Metropolis magazine and Coalesse, and the discussion will be led by Metropolis editor-in-chief Susan Szenasy. Katz is joined on the panel by Brett Terpeluk of Studio Terpeluk (architecture), Paul Kephart of Rana Creek (ecological design), and Jean Rogers of Arup (design & engineering). More info: visit or phone 866-645-6952.Link

Feb 27: Exhibitions: Experimentation, Risk & Reward
presented by the California Association of Museums
With the exhibits "Altered State," (executive produced by Katz) the Academy took an authoritative stance on the issue of climate change. The panel discussion, "Exhibitions: Experimentation, Risk and Reward," held Feb 27 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, will address, from the museum operator's viewpoint, the rewards and challenges of experimentation and risk-taking - daring to try something new in a community that is traditionally risk-averse. It is moderated by Ann Marshall of the Autry National Museum. With Katz on the panel are Kitty Connolly and Karina White of The Huntington Library and Jonathan Spaulding of the Autry. This session is part of the California Association of Museums Annual Conference running Feb 25-28. More info:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Wilderness Resort's Wild WaterDome Indoor Waterpark Opens

SCS Interactive, in its on-going relationship with Wilderness Resorts, has created a dynamic waterplay structure at the recently opened Wild WaterDome
indoor waterpark at the Wilderness at the Smokies Resort.

The SCS structure that is featured in Wild WaterDome is a customized attraction called, “Washout Mountain” The wilderness themed structure integrates perfectly with the rest of the waterpark and its wide variety of interactives allows for a new experience each time you enter the structure.

“Washout Mountain is an asset to the park because it appeals to guests of all ages. The entire family can enjoy themselves as they climb in and around the structure and since this structure is in our indoor park, this attraction will draw people all year, no matter the weather.” says Joe Eck, director of sales and marketing for Wilderness Resort.

The structure has 10 climbable decks and two slides and is topped with a memorable 752 gallon tipping bucket that continually draws in a crowd. Come ready to get wet!

“It is always a pleasure working with Wilderness Resorts and this latest SCS attraction is sure to add an extra element of interactivity to the Wild WaterDome. SCS is happy to continually be able to provide Wilderness Resorts with great family attractions and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.” stated Bryan Merritt, president of SCS Interactive.

SCS partnered with the slide manufacturer, ProSlide, to complete this structure and worked with Aquatic Development Group, the park designers, to integrate its custom-themed waterfort with the resort’s overall theme. Other attractions at Wild WaterDome are; a see-through roof that allows for year-round tanning, a wave pool where you can ride the swelling waves in your Wilderness tube and the Smokies surf ride which combines the thrills and skills of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding all in a wet, wild and (best of all) safe environment.