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Don’t Miss the Stars Wars Costume Exhibit!

April 6, 2017

It’s not too late to visit the Star Wars Costume Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.  It has been extended to April 9th, so there is one more day!  Tickets for adults with audio are $28 and appointment times are available every 15 minutes though many times are sold out.

I was fortunate to go a few days ago when it wasn’t very crowded.  I believe any Star Wars fan will appreciate the exhibit, but an of those who like movies and fashion might like this exhibit.  It probably suits Star Wars and fashion fans the best.

The costume designers, artists and George Lucas went through significant processes to create these costumes.  They started with sketches, then story boards, then small models, and then the final product.  Many of the costumes looked like wool, yet were mostly made of silk because it was a lighter material that could swing around in fighting scenes.

My favorite part of the exhibit was watching the video on C-3PO…poor Anthony Daniels, the actor who has played the droid in every movie.  The costume legs were tight and stiff so that he couldn’t walk well.  “Perfect,” said George Lucas, “it looks like a robot walking.”  In addition, Anthony Daniels couldn’t sit down in the costume, so during the breaks in 115⁰ weather in the desert, he had to stand there while someone helped him drink water!  Sometimes the costume would fall apart and other times he’d just fall down while walking and have to be helped up!

Another actor for whom I felt sorry was Peter Mayhew.  He played Chewbacca, loaded down in 15 pounds of yak hair in the original Star Wars series.  In these movies, there wasn’t a cooling system as there is now.

The exhibit wasn’t too long.  It only took me about an hour to go through after listening to the audio for 13 stations.  There was a large exhibit of Padme’s costumes, and those who like materials and embroideries would really like this.  I tended to like the plastic storm trooper costumes.  Overall, it is worth seeing.  Hurry and get your ticket!  ETB

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Museum of Outdoor Arts

November 5, 2015

Museum of Outdoor Arts
Indoor Gallery and Sculpture Garden

1000 Englewood Parkway, Suite 2-230
Englewood, CO 80110
phone: 303-806-0444
email: see http://www.moaonline.org/contactus/
website: http://www.moaonline.org

Hours for Indoor Gallery: Tuesday-Thursday 9-5, Friday 9-4, Saturday 11-4, but check their website for special events and when they are setting up new exhibits

Fees: Free, but $5 donation suggested

Today my friend Tanya and I decided to visit the Museum of Outdoor Arts Indoor Gallery located in the City of Englewood’s Civic Center. We tried visiting about a month ago, but it was closed while staff was setting up the current exhibit, Altered Reality.

We found a few of the exhibits to be rather thought provoking. My favorite piece were 2 dimensional images that were printed by a 3-D printer. Each two dimensional image was rotated 360 degrees on its Y axis for the 3-D object to be created. It was really fascinating to see an image of a small plane look like a spinning top in 3-D. It’s amazing what the human mind deciphers when compared to a computer that only copies an image.

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We also enjoyed the exhibits the displayed images of deconstructed boxes used in everyday products like toothpaste and deconstructed envelopes shown before they are folded.

Many of the other exhibits were a play on words, images, and letters.

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The outdoor museum has an indoor space because the City provides the space for free. The museum also displays several sculptures around the city center streets as well as nearby Fiddler’s Green. Each has an audio tour associated with it.

The museum doesn’t take long to visit, so it would be best to have something else planned in the area if traveling any distance. Overall, it was fun to check out. ETB

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