Our client had a vision to turn a heart organoid into a cell based classroom, the DNA would then be used at the end of the week long experience to create a light and sound show. The inflatable needed to represent the shape of a cell to tie in with the practical learning of the space.
The structure was double walled, using pad eyes placed at strategic placings to create random bulbous sections on the inflatable to represent the cell. Given the light weight fabric used, there ended up being a tremendous amount of pressure on these points, we initially had issues with the pad eyes popping off near the inflation point and such had to use a lower volume blower which made for slower deflation but eliminated the problem.
Our client wanted to engage with all ages, and allowed for ‘curiosity holes’ so people could peer through from the outside to see what was on the inside. Rounds of clear PVC were placed at odd intervals around the organoid to allow people to be involved without entering the structure. The holes also allowed people to see the inside workings of the inflatable which was a bonus for our client as it very much tied in with the entire concept of the Biolumen Lab.