Conservation Arts Founder Tim Lawrence is a native of Jacksonville, Florida - a 70s kid brought up on Saturday Morning cartoons, Disney’s Wonderful World of Color and ... Marlin Perkins’ Wild Kingdom. He always had a yard full of turtles found in local wooded lots and his first employment was as a museum assistant tasked with feeding their collection of reptiles and amphibians.
Always fascinated by movie special effects, he had an opportunity to be relocated to Southern California for a job in Show Animatronics and from there jumped into Hollywood where for over 25 years he fabricated and performed ‘Creatures’ in movies like Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Ghostbusters 1 and 2, Cocoon, Harry & the Hendersons, Beetlejuice, Jurassic Park, Shrek and many more. His last Hollywood gig was maintaining and performing Howler Monkey puppets on location in Central America with Mel Gibson for Apocalypto.
For the past 10 years, now back in Florida, he has been developing a concept of working with living zoo animals to create bronze models for public encounters. The goal is to improve the ‘zoo experience’ for all with a special emphasis on the blind and visually impaired. Conservation Arts has grown and is now moving into the Bronze Fabrication & Installation Phase.