Karl and Thais Tout with their son Nicolas at the new exhibition at the Ipswich Art Gallery, ‘How to Make a Monster’.
Karl and Thais Tout with their son Nicolas at the new exhibition at the Ipswich Art Gallery, ‘How to Make a Monster’. Sarah Harvey

Animatronic figures on display

SO REALISTIC they look like they could spring to life at any second, animatronic movie marvels have taken over the Ipswich Art Gallery.

Gallery operations manager Sharon Marsh said as part of the How to Make a Monster exhibition, visitors could discover the skills and processes that went into bringing a creature from the written page to the silver screen.

The exhibition features the work of Academy Award winner John Cox and creations from his Gold Coast-based company John Cox’s Creature Workshop, such as models from Pitch Black, George of the Jungle 2, Crocodile Dundee and Inspector Gadget, along with a cast of cuddly and creepy extras from the movies.

Ms Marsh said the travelling exhibition had found fans from Western Australia, to New Zealand and America.

“The thing that I think appeals is the intricacy of the sculptures,” Ms Marsh said. “The artists have painstakingly crafted them to be as life-like as possible, but they may only appear on the screen for two to three seconds.

“It shows that there is a whole range of technological skills and craft that go into achieving the perfect shot.”

She said more than 250 people had poured through the gallery for the opening on Saturday, including families from the Gold Coast.

“I think people are fascinated with how movie magic works,” Ms Marsh said. “Anything interactive is always a big hit.”

Rochedale couple Thais and Karl Tout brought six-year-old son Nicolas along to the exhibition. Mrs Tout said her son loved seeing the monsters close up, his favourite being the wolf man.

“As soon as he saw the first monster, he thought it was so cool,” Mrs Tout said.

“He wants to be a roboticist when he is older.”



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