Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic
Make the world of make-believe believable.
From The Hobbit, The Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride to Harry Potter and Snow White and the Huntsman, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic invites audiences on a fantastical journey to unearth the inspiration behind this genre’s most magnificent creations.
Revel in hands-on installations that include world building and mapmaking, and legendary pop culture artifacts. See iconic costumes from TV and the silver screen including The Wizard of Oz, Xena: Warrior Princess, Labyrinth, and The Princess Bride; pet a dragon designed by Seattle Opera; and view original hand-edited manuscript pages from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
The Making of Fantasy
Think the end result is impressive? The construction of Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic was an epic event unto itself. With the help of art and architecture collaborative Lead Pencil Studio (Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo) EMP created an immersive environment complete with crawl spaces and echoing audio caves. At the heart of the exhibit lies a soaring tree covered in 48,000 zinc tiles, each of which was applied by hand. Lead Pencil Studio hoped that visitors would “lose track of reality for a bit.” Want to try? Check out the time-lapse video below to see the tree take magnificent form before your very eyes.
Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic went in search of a name for its giant animatronic dragon. Of the 902 name ideas submitted 10 were selected and put to a public vote. EMP is happy to present Adalinda, a beautiful, albeit touchy, scaley beast.
Built by Seattle Opera Scenic Studios, Adalinda will spend most of her time guarding the gallery in a state of slumber, purring softly when her tail is gently stroked. Proceed with caution! When threatened she'll snap open her eyes and let out a roar. With a head approximately six-feet-long her “bite” would be slightly bigger than that of a great white shark. Her claws have a grasp of 18 inches, her tail is about the length of an adult saltwater crocodile, and if she were to spread her wings they would stretch to more than 36 feet—just wider than the wingspan of a Cessna airplane. Read more.
Film:Fantasy Moby Dick Screening with Mike Mignola
December 12, 2013
Join EMP for a special event with comic book author/illustrator and Hellboy creator, Mike Mignola, who will present Moby Dick (1956).