On my recent trip to Los Angeles, California I had the opportunity to go to the Tim Burton exhibit at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I went with my dad and my aunt and uncle, who are both working actors in LA.
The exhibit presented a retrospective of Burton’s work, spanning decades of moviemaking and art. Everything from his early work making short stop-motion films in the backyard of his house in the suburbia of Burbank up to his next film, Frankenweenie, are represented.
The first few rooms contained over 700 sketches, drawings, doodles, and paintings. The amount of imagination and pure creativity that flowed through Burton’s pencil was unlike anything I had ever seen. I wanted to look over all of them, but that would have taken hours.
But there was so much more than just two-dimensional work. Models and sculptures also filled the gallery. Perhaps one of the coolest things in the exhibit were the tiny figurines used in the classic film “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. I especially enjoyed the case of Jack Skellington heads, each with a different distinct facial expression.
What most excited me were the props and art from my favorite of Burton’s films, “Edward Scissorhands”. I walked into the room and there on the pedestal was the costume that Johnny Depp wore in the movie. Designed by Colleen Atwood, the head-to-toe leather outfit showed immaculate detail and craftsmanship. Not too far away, in a glass box, lay the scissor-hands themselves! For someone like me, who swooned over poor Eddie with his Robert Smith-hair and sad, puppy dog eyes, this was quite sacred.
Needless to say, the exhibit was quite a spectacle. If you find yourself in LA before it closes (appropriately enough) on Halloween, I definitely recommend you stand in the long, long line to see it. You will leaving feeling more creative and imaginative than you ever have, and perhaps you’ll even see those goth kids at the mall in a different light.