Today in New York City, Orlando-based aquatic management solutions company Bottled Ocean unveiled its latest project, “Swamp in the City,” in promotion of HISTORY’s Season 3 premiere of Swamp People. The hit reality television show returns to the Network at 9pm on Thursday, February 9th.
In partnership with HISTORY and Civic Entertainment Group, the aquatic management specialists at Bottled Ocean transformed 5,600 square feet within New York City’s Chelsea Market into a living replica of a Louisiana swamp, where nearly one million acres of flooded forest, marshland and bayous are home to the Swamp People. The 12,100 cubic foot exhibit features over 6,500 gallons of water, live cypress trees upwards of 15 1/2 feet, over 1,000 plants indigenous to the region. Visitors can view the prime attraction; American Alligators and Red-eared Slider Turtles from a dock extending above the water.
“It’s been quite an adventure,” said Greg Lund, President/CEO of Bottled Ocean, who designed and built the living exhibit in less than 25 days with his partner Baron “Bear” Kozy and their team in Florida. Having created some of the industry’s most noted aquariums and commercial waterway projects, Bottled Ocean’s team of experts worked tirelessly to ensure that the living exhibit would accurately reflect the uniqueness of Louisiana’s natural habitat and provide a rare glimpse into the deep southern swamps.
HISTORY has also partnered with Louisiana Tourism to bring the culture, music, and excitement of Louisiana to this West Side landmark. The campaign kicked off today with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Chelsea Market. Special guests included Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, renowned Cajun Chef John Folse, Louisiana State Parks Naturalist Erin Sullivan and popular Swamp People Stars Bruce Mitchell (Feb 2-3); Trapper Joe & Tommy (Feb 5-6) and Troy/Jacob & Chase Landry (Feb 7-9). Following the Ceremony the “Swamp in the City” Experience will be open to the public and will remain open daily through Sunday, February 12th.
HISTORY has also installed a live Gator Cam, allowing fans to keep tabs of the gators at www.history.com/gatorcam.
Bottled Ocean is an innovative leader in full-service aquatic management with an unwavering commitment to environmental conservation. From custom residential and commercial tanks to large-scale waterway management, Bottled Ocean’s aquatic expertise is unmatched. Designing world-class tanks for celebrities and Fortune 500 companies, Bottled Ocean currently manages the world’s largest known Euryhaline exhibit at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. and is constructing a 16-foot tank for the new Nemours Children’s Hospital at Lake Nona, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012.