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Wednesday
Nov302011

The Stars of Winter

From 1994 to 2009, the Lights of Winter served as a centerpiece of the annual “Epcot – Holidays Around the World” event. With its 30,000 synchronized lights and inspiring music, the display perfectly bridged the gap between the technological and traditional Worlds of Epcot. Many a night during early December, you would find me sitting under the archway or by the Fountain of Nations absorbing the almost spiritual splendor of this most transfixing of experiences.
The “Stars of Winter” pays tribute to the original Lights by ascending them into the heavens to become an entire constellation encircling a dormant Spaceship Earth.

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Wednesday
Nov232011

The Hidden Art of E82

Being a highly analytical Historian AND a perfectionist Designer can lead to some really interesting (read that arduous) methods of art execution. A few years ago I “constructed” a bulb-for-bulb recreation of the Italian inspired Lights of Winter, my absolute favorite Holiday experience (which you’ll find here). Towards the end of last year I began experimenting with a few new techniques that, if done correctly could create a far more elegant and subtle illustration. Furthermore, I want to create a schematically perfect set of lights that could be used for multiple projects in the future. In order to accomplish this I decided the best method was to recreate the entire archway (this time with flanking light patterns) below is the armature with guidelines for the 2011 Lights of Winter vector. And strangely enough, this particular piece of digital engineering will never appear on any product.

Side Note: One would think that the arches themselves, with their delicate French curves and spirals would be the hardest thing to recreate. Surprisingly, the Celtic-like “Light Grids” (as I call them) were literally mind-boggling as dissecting the intricate complexity of what-color-goes-where did give me a headache while determining the proper representation.

Saturday
Nov192011

Constructing Tomorrow #5

30 days before opening of the “Newest Wonder of the World,” The EPCOT Center News Briefs provided daily progress reports for the many facets in bringing 21st Century to life in 1982.


Click the News Brief to go indepth into the latest installment of Constructing Tomorrow.

Thursday
Nov032011

Absurdly Obscure

As one of the least known and even lesser appreciated attractions in theme park history, Universe of Energy is not exactly the best of all topics to cover musically nor does it provide much in the way of quality material. Nevertheless, the Future World Soundtrack Series continues in the face of begrudging compromise, the challenges of lacking resources, and promise of tomorrow. Click on the image below go behind the scenes in the making of the latest FWSS release and a small glimpse into its future…

Friday
Sep302011

Theme Park Therapy

On the eve of Walt Disney World’s 40th birthday it is also last year of Epcot’s tumultuous twenties. As we approach the park’s third decade let us pause to reflect on the problems faced by the Community of Tomorrow from a completely unique perspective. For this one, I’ve also consulted my good friend and long time associate, Artist, Lecturer, Scientist, and the world’s the foremost expert on just about everything; Professor Ludwig Von Drake.
Head over to LEGACY or click on the image to find out just what "he" has to say about our perpetually troubled Geosphere.

Special Note: To lighten the mood of this otherwise very serious discussion on theme park evolution and physiology, it might be a good idea to get into von Drake’s head space by absorbing some of his best moments here.