Sunday, February 10, 2008

DISNEYLAND HERCULES PARADE 1997 - FLOAT MODELS Disneyland Hercules Parade 1997
The "Hercules Victory Parade" began its short run at Disneyland in June 1997, and I was lucky enough to be placed on that project, instead of another, more notorious spectacle which debuted that summer as well - "Light Magic!"

I collaborated with artist Vladimir Petrov in sculpting and constructing the float models. For the parade's opening unit shown above,Vladimir sculpted the "God-Go-Round" - a whimsical carnival-style ride which carried several of the Greek deities from the film. The giant Zeus with the lightning bolt was my contribution.

Years later, Vladimir and I had the happy fortuosity of working together again - sculpting several Disney collectibles, including these scale-replicas of props from the film "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Nemo Helmet
After nearly 25 years with Disneyland's Entertainment-Art department, Vladimir continues to build models and props for Park shows and attractions, such as the Haunted Mansion Holiday each Fall. He is truly one of Disneyland's unsung creative heroes!

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