David Joffe was originally trained as a museum preparator at the Queensland Museum from 1970 – 1979. During this time his skills were finely honed in the art of replicating elements of the natural world. David left the museum in 1979 to pursue his dream of creating the first fabrication business applying museum techniques to the commercial world. Since inception, David’s business has been inundated with the strangest of requests and has subsequently amassed an unparalleled collection of natural history sculptures and oddities. Combined with David’s knowledge and expertise, this collection affords Natureworks a leading edge in the theming industry.
David’s experience is drawn from the numerous projects he has created for zoos, aviaries, cultural centres, theme parks, botanical gardens, shopping malls, aquaria, playgrounds, mini golf and museums! His experience in design and construct at the grass roots level in project development enables a client to prepare realistic budgets against design and fabrication parameters which are often outside of the experience and horizons of quantity surveyors, architects and engineers. It is a fundamental requirement of design to know how to translate these irregular and unique forms into a practical application for construction. For David, after more than 3o years designing and specifying natural history related projects, this process is simply second nature.
David has dedicated his life to creating a collection of moulds of nature’s art. The collection includes literally thousands of animal, bird, reptile and frog castings, gleaned from life and original sculptures including logs, trees, roots, rocks, ponds, fungi, corals, invertebrates, termite mounds, water lilies, dinosaurs, giant crystals and fossils. These moulds provide a unique resource when the need arises to create beautiful natural habitats and environments.
David is highly skilled in developing the visitor experience and knows how to combine entertainment with education to produce “Edutainment” and the essential ‘WOW!’ factor. David is sought after as a consultant to architects and engineers worldwide for his creative vision and for his knowledge building the bizarre. He is a high-energy, creative thinker whose brain was nurtured by the natural world from both his childhood and a life lived in the subtropical rainforests of South East Queensland
David can energize your project with dynamic, original thought and the grin factor! Don’t be themed without him!