Update from our fabrication team on the life-size passion flower vine for the Discovery Zone!

They’ve been working on the flower’s corona filament, the frondy, curly fringe around the center of the flower. The pretty filament on passion flowers helps guide insects and humming birds to the flower’s nectar, thus helping pollinate the flower.

Our oversize version won’t be attracting huge butterflies (hopefully!), but we want it to look incredibly real. So our artistic fabrication team has spent hours applying layers of colors to the big filament wires, and then touching up the details by hand.

Also take not of the anther, style, and stigma–the yellow center parts–that are being carefully hand colored to mimic our live flower model. It’s becoming quite the work of art!