From initial sketch to final installation of the finished sculpture, Kern Studios delivers thematic environments and sculptures. Since 1947, the company has become one of the largest float builders for Mardi Gras and carnival celebrations throughout the world. Kern Studios creates sculptures, themed environments and visual signage for such clients as Universal Studios, Disney, Paramount Parks, Harrah's Casino, MGM Casino and Circus Circus Casino, among others. Blaine Kern founded the company in 1947. Kern Studios employs more than 100 artists at its headquarters in New Orleans.