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Teen Artists Create Pokémon-Go Inspired Experience for John Ball Zoo Exhibit; PikaZoo Open to the Public April 3 – April 30

Fans of Pokémon-Go have a chance to see original Pokémon characters and newly-designed Pokémon characters at a John Ball Zoo exhibition called, PikaZoo on April 3 – April 30, 2020.

From the imaginations of young artists from the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) and Grandville Avenue Arts &  Humanities (GAAH), the ceramic characters will be embedded throughout the Zoo for guests to discover. Digital versions of the new characters will also be available to interact with during the exhibition via WMCAT’s website beginning April 3, 2020.

PikaZoo, an animal-inspired outdoor art exhibition, is a collaboration between GAAH, WMCAT, and John Ball Zoo. Students from GAAH created original ceramic Pokémon characters such as Pikachu and Squirtle, and students from the WMCAT Ceramics Studio, part of the Teen Arts + Tech Program, imagined and created new characters based on the Zoo’s animals.

WMCAT teen artists from the Game Design Studio are in the process of making the new characters come to life through 3D modeling – offering new and seasoned Pokémon fans a chance to interact with newly-designed characters both in-person and digitally.

WMCAT teen artists from the Ceramics Studio were inspired by the animals and nature at John Ball Zoo and decided to collaborate for a second year with other WMCAT teen artists in the Game Design Studio to bring the characters to life in digital versions. In 2019, GAAH and WMCAT partnered to bring a similar Pokémon-Go experience to the trails at Blandford Nature Center.