Monterey Bay Aquarium Entertains Pedestrians with Interactive Bus Shelter Screens


Located on historic Cannery Row in a former sardine cannery near Carmel and Pebble Beach, California, Monterey Bay Aquarium has been delighting families with marine-centric exhibits like Mission to the Deep and The Jellies Experience since 1984. And even if you haven’t made the trip in person, you’ve probably seen the aquarium dressed up as Sausalito’s Cetacean Institute in the 1986 film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home—yes, the one with the whales. Well, marine science and seemingly futuristic technology are colliding yet again around the Monterey Bay Aquarium as it promotes its “Share the Love” campaign with custom-built, state-of-the-art interactive bus shelters in two custom creative executions.

One of these deployments is called Silhouette Moments. Users are prompted to strike a pose, show their best dances moves or get in their favorite yoga position before the camera snaps them and superimposes their silhouette over an undulating school of fish.

The other execution is known as Colorful Conversations, and said conversation is actually with an animated cuttlefish via digital display text. Inspired by a previous art project, semi-local Creative Director and Advertising Architect Chris Szadkowski employed the cuttlefish for its real-life camouflage and color-shifting communication ability.  When pedestrians interact with the bus shelter screens, the cuttlefish mimics the color of the onlooker’s clothing before offering up a playful quip like “Who Wore it Better? Kidding (Not Kidding).”

On top of helping to promote Monterey Bay Aquarium’s self-guided tours through its 200+ award-winning aquatic exhibits and galleries, this interactive ad campaign is a great example of how to reduce perceived wait times at bus stops for all ages. Click on the video link below to see the “Share the Love” campaign’s interactive bus shelters at work.

About Author

Jason Kushner is a videographer, editor, writer and filmmaker living in the Greater Atlanta Area. With an educational background combining film and journalism, Kushner has shot video and written for a myriad of publications and multimedia projects including Creative Loafing Tampa,, Starline Films and Digital Signage Connection. His 2009 documentary American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee became an Official Selection at 12 international film festivals, won Best Documentary at the 2009 Central Florida Film Festival and a John Muir Gold Award at the 2009 Yosemite Film Festival.  In 2015, he became Digital Media Editor for Digital Signage Expo, LightShow West and LED Specifier Summit and has since become Digital Content Manager for those shows’ parent company, Exponation.

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