If you happen to see some massive fish in downtown Chattanooga over the next few days, you’re eyes aren’t deceiving you. The first huge crates, containing the components to the new National Geographic “Monster Fish” exhibit, started arriving at the Tennessee Aquarium yesterday.
Five tractor trailer loads, one arriving each day this week, have traveled nearly 2,300 miles to bring this exciting new exhibit to Chattanooga from Reno, Nevada, the home base Dr. Zeb Hogan, University of Nevada Aquatic Ecologist and National Geographic Fellow.
Team members from Bellhops, a local moving company, are helping unload and unpack the crates. Skilled workers from Local 140 IATSE Labor Union, who provide assistance to the visual arts community, are installing the exhibits.
In all, more than 40 containers will arrive packed with life-sized replicas of some of the world’s largest freshwater fish, video displays, hands-on interactive installations, and photographic panels of Monster Fish from around the world.
Hogan, host of “Monster Fish” on Nat Geo WILD, will be in Chattanooga on Friday, Sept 30th for a special grand opening event. Register online here.
Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants will open in the River Place building on Saturday, October 1. This special exhibition will be free with regular Aquarium admission.