FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        CONTACT: Dave Sigworth
July 18, 2016                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
                                                                                                    dsigworth@maritimeaquarium.org 

Sketch n Release 4webNORWALK, CT – Some of the sharks, sea turtles, flounder and other marine animals at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk are looking a lot more colorful, thanks to the creativity of Aquarium guests and a new “Sketch and Release” interactive that sends their handiwork swimming up on a giant new video wall.

The “Sketch and Release” interactive displays on a new 9-by-32-foot video wall in Newman’s Own Hall, near the harbor seals. (It’s actually a panel of 32 55-inch monitors, combined to make the largest video wall in New England. The 4k high-definition resolution is state-of-the-art.)

“Sketch and Release” kiosks invite guests to choose between a digital seal, shark, squid, striped bass, flounder or sea turtle, and then color it however they want. When they’re done coloring their animal, they can give it a name and the kiosk then will display a page with natural-history information about the species. Another push of a button and their animal will join 49 others on the video wall, swimming around the animated 3-dimensional wreck of a ship called the Long Island Lucy.

Guests also can use the kiosk to send themselves a keepsake email showing their animal on the video wall, along with the animal fact sheet.

Plus, as an additional educational tool, a short film about Long Island Sound conservation will play twice an hour on the video wall.

While guests are loving this “Sketch and Release” interactive, the video wall also is a powerful new resource for The Maritime Aquarium’s facility rentals. The wall can be used to display everything from photo slide shows during wedding receptions to PowerPoint graphics during corporate meetings.

Software for the video wall was developed by the Richard Lewis Media Group of Watertown, Mass. Hardware was made by Everett Hall Associates of Stamford.

The “Sketch and Release” interactive operates during The Maritime Aquarium’s hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (until 6 p.m. July 1-Labor Day). It’s free with admission.

For more information about Maritime Aquarium exhibits, programs and IMAX® movies, go to www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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