Thursday, November 02, 2006

Palace of Living Art- American Gothic

(Grant Wood 1930)

The Palace of Living Art was a section of the Movieland Wax Museum that focused on recreations of famous Artistic masterpieces. Paintings, sculptures, and Artists were all represented in the museum. I am not sure if the Palace of Living Art had a separate admission, or if it was part of the Movieland tour. The Palace closed shortly before the opening of the Black Box Chamber of horrors interactive experience, which opened around 1982. Rumor has it that some of the sculptures were so heavy that they could not be moved, so right behind some of the horror sets were large marble statues. Sometime later, the Black Box was removed and a different, more static Chamber of Horrors was introduced. One of the most interesting pieces of art from the palace was a large recreation of the statue of David. The statue remained until Movieland's closing in 2005, and sold for an incredible $120,000.

After the removal of the Palace, the collection moved North to the San Fransisco Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf. American Gothic can still be seen there, as can other scenes from this smaller Palace of Living Art.

View more information on the Grant Wood Painting; American Gothic here.

Visit the Palace of Living Art in San Fransisco here.


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