Sea of Grass: Water in the Flint Hills exhibit

Sea of Grass: Water in the Flint Hills


Like everywhere else on Earth, the Flint Hills (our namesake) will face difficult challenges brought on by climate change. When Symphony in the Flint Hills approached their supplement to the Smithsonian’s traveling Water/Ways exhibit, they approached FHD with a limited budget and a big idea: tell the story of water in Kansas’ most distinct and threatened ecosystem.

An Upland-based custom exhibit, Sea of Grass: Water In the Flint Hills took an idea curated and written by Symphony in the Flint Hills staff, added graphic design and layout as created by Flint Hills Design, and applied to the LEK Upland framework. By harnessing the power of Upland products to provide stylish, sturdy, long-lasting value to the exhibit, SFH’s exhibit dollar could then go much further.

One key component to Upland-based custom exhibits is a custom feature. In this case, the feature was a large graphic banner exploring the impact the Eastern red cedar has on water conservation, fronted by cooler bottles signifying how much water a tree might consume on average per day.


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Sea of Grass: Water in the Flint Hills LEK displays

Sea of Grass: Water in the Flint Hills panel design

“We have enjoyed working with Flint Hills Design on exhibit projects related to our education themes. Our organization has high expectations for quality products – and Flint Hills Design has a proven track record of creatively tackling our challenging projects while meeting ambitious timelines and tight budgets.”

-Christy Davis, Symphony in the Flint Hills