Monday, April 16, 2018

“The Life and Career of Disney Legend Rolly Crump” Exhibition and Auction at Van Eaton Galleries, April 28

Van Eaton Galleries is doing on April 28 a fantastic auction of WDI Imagineer Rolly Crump. Titled “The Life and Career of Disney Legend Rolly Crump”, it's an exhibition and auction which brings together items and stories from the amazing career of one of Disney's most unique Imagineers. This exhibition and auction contains over 400 artifacts, props, and original artwork which highlight some of Rolly's iconic achievements.

Rally Crump worked on such attractions as the Enchanted Tiki Room, Haunted Mansion, and It's a Small World, and some of his personal artifacts are seen here for the first time since they were initially created. This collection represents a lifetime of creativity and imagination from the mind of Rolly Crump.

Roland Fargo "Rolly" Crump (born February 27, 1930) is an American animator and designer noted particularly for his work as a Disney Imagineer. Crump was born in Alhambra, California, and joined Walt Disney Studios in 1952. Initially he worked on inbetweening, before becoming an assistant animator working on movies including Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. In 1959, he joined WED Enterprises, later Walt Disney Imagineering, and became a designer of some of Disneyland's attractions and shops, including The Haunted Mansion, Enchanted Tiki Room and Adventureland Bazaar.As well as his work at Disney, he designed innovative and satirical psychedelic posters in the early and mid 1960s, including several for the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band as well as logos for the band's singer Bob Markley. He also designed guitar string packaging for Ernie Ball.

He was responsible for designing many of the Disney attractions at the 1964 New York World's Fair, including It's a Small World and in particular the Tower of the Four Winds marquee. In 1966, when the attraction moved to Disneyland, he designed the large animated clock at the entrance that sends puppet children on parade. Rally Crump contributed to early designs of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, and worked on designs for NBC's Disney on Parade in 1970, before leaving Disney to work on outside projects including Busch Gardens, the ABC Wildlife Preserve in Maryland, and Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus World.

In 1976 he returned to work for Disney, designing the Land and Wonders of Life pavilions at the Epcot Center, before leaving again in 1981 to design the proposed Cousteau Ocean Center in Norfolk, Virginia, and to set up his own business, the Mariposa Design Group, which developed projects in Oman, Las Vegas, Denver and elsewhere. Crump finally returned to Disney in 1992, as executive designer at Imagineering, working on the Epcot Center. Rolly retired from Disney in 1996, and published an autobiography, It’s Kind of a Cute Story, in 2012

A lot of Rolly artwork are presented in the exhibition and in the auction, like this color print of Maui from the "Enchanted Tiki Room"... his famous concepts for the "Museum of the Weird" that Walt wanted to put at the exit of the Haunted Mansion before it was cancelled after Walt death.

And of course the famous Rolly Crump's design for the "Tower of the Four Winds" for the famous New York World's Fair, signed by Rolly.

Or a gorgeous painting featuring his interpretation of Mary Blair's original sketch for the "It's a Small World" facade clock... well as an incredible set of five model sections created by Rolly Crump for the facade of Disneyland's "It's a Small World

...and the original model created by Rolly Crump for the "It's a Small World" facade clock.

The auction also include the fun and provocative "drugs" posters designed by Rolly Crump in 1957...

...or this 2001 original painting by Rolly Crump of French singer and entertainer Josephine Baker.

In addition to artworks the auction also include plenty of Rolly's sculpture or merchandise item related to Disneyland Tiki Room or Haunted Mansion so the best is that you have a look by yourself on the auction site HERE. A catalog of the auction is also available HERE.

Pictures: copyright Rolly Crump

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