The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are now open daily! Note that dining, theaters, and other offerings have been enhanced to help you stay healthy.
What to know before you visit
Hi, my name is Travis; I'm one of the five sculptors working at the museum.
About eight months ago, my boss, Patrick, approached me about sculpting a relief of George slaying the dragon, to be displayed in the museum bookstore. I was excited and looked forward to doing this relief sculpture. This has been the largest project I've worked on so far (the finished product being about eight feet high).
The first thing I had to do was create a cool design for George. I then sculpted a 1/4 scale model in Sculpey clay. When this stage was completed, I handed it off to Tim Lovett (our Noah's Ark expert), who operates our CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine.
The 1/4 scale model is scanned into the CNC computer, creating a 3D model. The 3D model is inverted and the machine cuts out a negative which is used as a mold. We then pour hydra-cal into the mold. After the pieces cure, they are ready for installation.
After being installed, "George" needed a good bit of detailing and a light marble faux-finish to make it complete.
Its such a huge blessing to be able to work at a place like the Creation Museum, daily exercising creativity and God given skill.