Toledo Museum of Art | By Dale Meyers
From the sands of Tatooine to the Forest moon of Endor, the Star Wars Magic of Myth exhibit gives a good excuse to pack up the car, kick on the hyperdrive, and shuttle up to Toledo. For three Cincy OSWCC members (Norm, Shawn, and Dale), our idealistic crusade began mid-morning on Nov. 4 standing in line in Toledo waiting for the museum to open. (This after getting to Toledo in a record three hours.) We were greeted by an assortment of sights and sounds all aimed to immerse yourself into a galaxy far, far away. From the props, models, costumes, sketches, and paintings this exhibit has something of interest for all Star Wars enthusiasts. Though the exhibit contained a mixture of authentic items and reproductions, the overall presentation bears the stamp of Lucas and is a visual treat for first-timers as well as repeat visitors.
The level of detail in the costumes and models must truly be seen to be appreciated. Fine details contrasted with hidden surprises add to the fun of the exhibit. The Millennium Falcon model alone held some hidden treasures as we searched for an elusive “Champion” spark plug logo used as an accent decoration. Other props held their own surprises as everyday objects were transformed into items used in the Star Wars universe.
The highlight of our visit was undoubtedly the David West Reynolds lecture on the Archaeology of Star Wars. There another Cincy OSWCC member, Tom (Yoda Man), joined us. Dr. Reynolds entertained us with tales of adventure traveling in Tunisia finding lost filming locations and sifting through the local garbage piles, uncovering evidence of the galaxy we know so well. He told us about the Mos Eisley cantina door being used as a chicken coop, a Mos Eisley dome being used as a camel’s watering trough, and bewildered locals wondering why this weird American was so excited about garbage that has been lying around for over 20 years. Dr. Reynolds gave us a slide-show tour of the Island of Jerba, the dunes and salt flats of Tunisia, and a tour through Star Wars Canyon and Jawa Rock. He informed us about the plight of locations being lost due to the growing sprawl of third world construction and the loss of local architecture being replaced by brick and slab construction. Dr. Reynolds was very kind and accommodating to our questions and book signing requests. It was a pleasure to meet him. After an exciting day looking at the holy grails of the Star Wars universe, we headed back home. Reflecting on the sights and sounds of the day, I went to sleep with visions of light sabers dancing in my head, and a sense of fulfillment that our Star Wars universe is not so far away after all.
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