Sunday, May 20, 2007

An Interesting Read...

Greetings Ghost Fans,

I am back from a fun filled trip to Walt Disney World. I rode mansion about... I would say 75 times. I was glad to be able to see it before it goes down for rehab, but I am also aware that it needs the help.

Anyway, onto this weeks topic.

Due to the Mansion's dim lighting, many pieces of woodwork in the sets are actually flat faced and do not jut out into the rooms. For instance, the back wall of the ballroom is entirely flat, but using special painting techniques, it gives the illusion of depth. The Walt Disney World library scene also uses this effect for the most part. About 15 - 20 books in the library shelves are real, all of the other books and shelves are painted on, but given the dim lighting, it appears that hundereds of volumes line the shelves. One other thing that they do is scribble on a few lines to appear that the books have titles, but in reality they don't... well... most don't.

Since the library walls were created in California over 35 years ago, they held two books with actual titles. Side by side, possibly a two volume set: "The Art of Deception" by Claude Coates. These books are located to the right of the male bust with the beard on the lower shelves of the library.

2 Comments:

Anonymous dan o said...

I've often wondered if they had a little fun with those books. It would be boring painting so many volumes, and with such an obvious temptation as adding a title staring right at you, how could they resist! Nice to find another tribute to Coates.

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Blogger Laura said...

Hi, just stumbled upon your site. Keep up the little historical tidbits. I found both Disney related posts fascinating!

Laura

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