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Bottled Ocean Senior Vice President, Engineering/ Projects Manager Bear Kozy and HISTORY’s Swamp People Cast Member Bruce Mitchell

Project Type

Live Animal Waterway Exhibit

Project Location

Chelsea Market, NYC


  • 5,600 square feet
  • 6,500 gallons of water
  • Live cypress trees upwards of 15 1/2 feet
  • Over 1,000 plants
  • Dozens of live animals

Civic Entertainment Group hired Bottled Ocean to build a Louisiana bayou replica with live alligators in lower Manhattan in promotion of HISTORY’s Season 3 premiere of Swamp People. 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 featured over 6,500 gallons of water, live cypress trees upwards of 15 1/2 feet, over 1,000 plants indigenous to the region.  Visitors were able to view the prime attraction; American Alligators and Red-eared Slider Turtles from a dock extending above the water. The project received numerous awards and built great awareness of the show’s new season throughout the New York Metropolitan area.