An Enquirer.com Special Section FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1999
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THE AQUARIUM
- Introduction
- Going there
- The murals
- The music
- Shop and Eat
- Beginnings

THE EXHIBITS

- World Rivers
- Shore Gallery
- Touch Pool
- Bizarre & Beautiful
- Dangerous & Deadly
- Riverbank
- 'Gator Bayou
-Amazon Rain Forest
- Coral Reef
- Jellyfish Gallery
- Kingdom of Penguins
- Ray Nursery
- Repopulation
- Surrounded by Sharks

THE STAFF

- Staff and keepers
Oceanic Adventures Newport Aquarium] [Building image]
Henn's murals bring seascapes to life

[henn] Eric Henn
        Eric Henn used 1,000 colors, 325 gallons of paint and has spent countless hours painting the 17 enormous murals throughout the Newport Aquarium.

        There's a 23-foot Plesiosaurus in Bizarre & Beautiful, a gigantic squid in Deadly & Dangerous, a seascape in the Shore Gallery and a swamp in the 'Gator Bayou. The fisherman along the Riverbank was modeled after his father-in-law.

        “I mix all my own colors,” says the 33-year-old Franklin artist.

        He has painted murals all over the country. He says he studies the fish and animals he paints and, using photographs, tries to bring every detail to life.

        Self-taught, he starts with a base layer of dark paint and works into the lighter shades. Sometimes he paints with two brushes at once.

        He worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week to complete the artwork in time for the aquarium's opening.

       



The Tristate is Goin' Fishin'
Going to the Aquarium
- Murals bring seascapes to life
Music sets the mood for 16 exhibits
Shop, eat and watch a movie
The making of an aquarium
World Rivers
Shore Gallery
Touch Pool
Bizarre & Beautiful
Dangerous & Deadly
Riverbank
'Gator Bayou
Amazon Rain Forest
Coral Reef
Jellyfish Gallery
Kingdom of Penguins
Ray Nursery
Repopulation
Surrounded by Sharks
Meet the staff and keepers

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