Magic of Myth: the Diorama
by Alex Newborn on October 18, 2008
For the tenth anniversary of our honeymoon trip to Washington DC to see the Magic of Myth exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum, I constructed a scale model using Star Wars toys from various companies over the years, as well as images found online and from my extensive personal library.
It was constructed in secret over one month’s time, because I had to break it down and hide it every afternoon before my wife got home from work.
Fellow customizers like Peter Flessas and Chris Rinehart pitched in, contributing some of the miniature mannequins and vital graphics. And right in the middle of it, I had to take off for ten days to write an article on the Star Wars Holiday Special for the Insider!
A lot of sweat and tears and literal blood went into the creation of it, but when I had my wife enter the room with her eyes closed, and played a CD of James Earl Jones intoning, “Welcome to the National Air and Space Museum” before letting her turn around and see it for the first time, it was well worth it.