2022 AMI Online Salon

American Freshwater Eel

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Natalie Krug
  • Client: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Copyright:  Natalie Krug, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Zbrush, 3dsmax, and Adobe Suite
  • Final presentation format: Nature Preserve Display
  • Primary Audience: General Public, DNR, and the Marine States Commission

Project Description

American freshwater eels span across both north and south America, acting as cornerstone species for habitats. In recent years American eels have faced overfishing and drastic environmental impacts that prevent them from embarking on traditional migratory routes. The intention for this didactic is to assist conservationist groups, such as the Marine States Commission, in recognizing their different metamorphic stages. In the hopes of creating a conversational piece between various interested parties, the didactic utilizes a circular composition that highlights all subjects of the lifecycle. This makes it easy for an audience to compare and contrast while considering the textual elements. The graphical touches of the U.S. Atlantic coast echo the text’s description of the freshwater eel’s route while also adding a relatable element for the audience.