Testimonials

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“We’ve had the pleasure of working with May and Watkins on several major projects here at CMOM. Whether designing and building our premiere 3000 square foot exhibit EatSleepPlay™, or simply upgrading our outdoor play area; Carol and Tim’s creativity has only been matched by their passion for the content and dedication to project goals.”

Thomas G. Quaranta
Director of Exhibitions and Museum Operations
Children’s Museum of Manhattan

I had the pleasure of working with MayWatkins installing Nature’s Way in 2000. Nature’s Way is a fun, colorful and whimsical piece that lines the greenway in a residential neighborhood near an elementary school. Tim and Carol are a JOY to work with. They do as they say they will do, when they say, and they have a way of making the project FUN
all while ensuring that their work is of the best quality and maintained in such a way that it will endure anything. Literally . . .

In September 2013, Longmont experienced what they are calling the 1000 year flood. Tim and Carol’s work is adjacent to the creek that suffered the worst damage. All of the 10 elements of this artwork are still standing and intact, albeit adorned in a bit of flood debris.
To give perspective, the greenway paths adjacent to the artwork, as well as the swimming pool are all completely gone. Destroyed. They did an incredible job on not only the aesthetics of the above-ground artwork, but of securing for that unanticipated event. They are all around great to work with!

Lauren Greenfield
Art in Public Places Administrator
Longmont, CO

“The MTA began replacing buses with old diesel engines in New York City with less polluting vehicles and the New York Transit Museum wanted to help publicize this investment in green technology. May + Watkins were hired to create an environment and storyline to make the science understandable to a varied audience. They took extremely difficult, technical information about bus emissions and turned it into an informative and fun exhibit for children and adults. The hands–on inter-active diesel hybrid engine is a work of art that conveys complex engineering principles while being fun to play with. The exhibition Clearing the Air was installed in 2002. Many exhibits have come and gone at the Transit Museum since then but this one continues to be one of our most popular areas, with repeat visitors who never tire of the many opportunities to explore and play.”

Rob Del Bagno
Senior Manager of Exhibitions
New York Transit Museum

“Working closely with parents, school administrators and teachers they were able to incorporate the philosophical framework of our school into a magical structure of nests and trees. The playroom is now a place of discovery and imagination for our children; it is full of adventure and surprises. May & Watkins are extremely professional. Every deadline was on time, the project was exactly on budget. From start to finish the project came to completion in only nine months. Without a doubt the playroom is now the focal point of our school.”

Lori Schneider
Director
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Early Childhood Center

“May & Watkins Design collaborated with the Architect and Civil Engineer to be sure their vision was a creative solution and a cohesive part of the overall building and site design. Their sculptures, Wind Water and Sun are a wonderful and appropriate piece for the LEED certified elementary school. The kids have even adopted and nicknamed the smallest piece, Hi 5!”

Michael Johanning, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Project Manager
Senior Associate
 Maine Licensed Architect

May + Watkins is a terrific group to work with whether your organization seeks to enliven its grounds with unique, site-specific sculptural elements or you are looking for a thoughtful and creative design partner for thematic exhibition projects.

I first hired Carol and Tim to create and install a set of touchable sculptures to colorfully animate the exterior stairs and entry of the old Brooklyn Children’s Museum, as well as a towering kinetic sculpture that served perfectly as a dynamic identity icon for the renewed facility. 10 years later, May + Watkins were our first choice as designers for an intriguing and beautiful multi-sensory play environment for early learners which opened in 2008 as part of a major capital expansion project. It is still the most popular exhibition in the new museum building.

(Carol) May and (Tim) Watkins bring intelligence, good humor and creativity to the table. They are good listeners and helped our project teams clarify concepts and physical objectives. They work to budget and generate ample sketches, 3D models and CAD drawings to communicate design progress and detailing and to ensure smooth fabrication and installation. Tim and Carol are both working artists as well as designers and project managers with deep experience transforming wild ideas into tangible experiences that engage and delight audiences of all ages.

Paul Pearson
Director of Exhibitions
Brooklyn Children’s Museum

“The Old Stone House is developing an interpretive exhibit with Carol and Tim that will open in 2015. Their models, drawings and support materials have been key to our fund raising efforts, and their unique perspective is actively bringing the story of our site to life.”

Kim Maier
Executive Director
Old Stone House & Washington Park

“Tim and Carol were fabulous to work with. They went above and beyond to deliver a wonderful artwork ahead of time and on-budget. The selection committee loved working with them, and loves the final artwork. They are good communicators and good listeners. I look forward to working with them again!”

Rebecca Solverson
Project Manager
Art in Public Places Program
Washington State Arts Commission

“The dream of a Children’s Museum for Calgary would never have materialized without the creative design and dedication of May and Watkins Design. Their inventiveness, commitment, and tireless effort in ensuring the project was completed on time and budget, is a testament to their professionalism. Additionally, I admired their personal commitment to the dream and honest enthusiasm for making our ideas reality. I highly recommend the team of May and Watkins for any organization searching for a company that provides a professional project management approach, unwavering commitment and an outstanding finished product.”

Krista Schlosser
Founder
Creative Kids Museum

“After carefully considering several companies to assist me on creating a prototype for an invention, I finally chose May & Watkins. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made. This has been a wonderful experience and great partnership. I could not have worked with a better pair of individuals. From the start, I was given a clear breakdown of the step-by-step process. Their knowledge and expertise was very helpful, but they also listened to my needs and executed them to great satisfaction. They showed a genuine interest in my product both before and after its completion. I look forward to working with May & Watkins on future projects.”

Tori Kass
Founder of DesKit

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