JAWS - The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures completed the installation of one of the most iconic objects from the classic film! - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Monday, November 23, 2020

JAWS - The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures completed the installation of one of the most iconic objects from the classic film!


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures completed the installation of one of the most iconic objects from its permanent collection, the only surviving full-scale shark model from the 1975 Oscar®-winning film Jaws. This moment signals exciting momentum toward the Academy Museum’s much-anticipated opening on April 30,2021, where the 25-foot model (nicknamed “Bruce the Shark”) will be on view, free to the public. Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg, won Oscars® for Film Editing, Sound and Original Score,  and was nominated for Best Picture at the 48th Academy Awards® in 1976. 

WHEN:         Week-long installation completed Friday, November 20, 2020
WHERE:         Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
                        6067 Wilshire Blvd.
                        Los Angeles, CA 90036

QUOTE:          “It’s been a long journey for Bruce since he was acquired in 2016, and we couldn’t be happier to
                         welcome him to his new home,” said Bill Kramer, Director, and President of the Academy Museum.
                        “We look forward to our opening when museum visitors can engage with our exhibitions, experience
                         our beautiful Renzo Piano-designed building, and come face to face with one of the most iconic
                         characters in film history.” 

The monumental model is the fourth, final, and only surviving version of the shark model derived from the original Jaws mold. The creation of the infamous mechanical shark—which Spielberg is rumored to have named "Bruce" after his lawyer—was tasked to art director Joe Alves, whose original schematics depict the 25-foot long body, 400-pound head, and jaws nearly five feet wide. The three screen-used production molds cast in latex and rubber rotted and were destroyed. The Academy Museum’s version, cast in fiberglass for photo opportunities at Universal Studios Hollywood surrounding the film's 1975 release, survived at Universal until 1990 when it found its way to Nathan Adlen's family's junkyard business in Sun Valley, California. In 2010, it was authenticated by Roy Arbogast, a member of the original Jaws film's special effects crew, and in 2016, the Academy Museum acquired the shark model through a contribution by Nathan Adlen. The museum worked with special effects and make-up artist Greg Nicotero, co-founder of KNB EFX, to meticulously restore the fiberglass shark which had deteriorated from being outdoors for 25 years. 

The conservation is now complete, and the Academy Museum has undertaken the complex task of moving the largest object from its collection on site. Since the shark is so large, it is unable to fit in the museum’s elevators. Instead, a team of art handlers, engineers, and construction workers removed two panels from the Saban Building’s curtain wall of glass and expertly craned Bruce into the building.

Bruce’s dramatic new home is suspended 30 feet above the third floor of the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano-designed Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, where the public can enjoy it once again. In its new location, Bruce will be visible from many vantage points within the museum and to passersby outside on Fairfax Avenue and 6th Street. 

 Dimensions: 84 3/4" (H) x 54" (W) x 288 1/2" (D)
 Weight: 1208 lbs
 Materials: fiberglass body, acrylic paint with urethane top-coat, urethane plastic (teeth), acrylic (eyes), steel         
   support (internal structure)
 Restoration: 7-month restoration performed by Greg Nicotero, a special effects and make-up artist and co-     
  Founder of the award-winning KNB EFX Group
• Fourth shark cast and last one surviving from the original shark mold for Jaws (1975)
 116 teeth
• At 25 feet long, this is the largest object in the Academy Museum’s collection, which also includes an underwater apparatus and fin used in Jaws and Jaws II
• Acquired by the Academy Museum in 2016 - https://www.oscars.org/museum/only-surviving-jaws-shark-acquired-academy-museum

The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. Opening on April 30, 2021, the museum will be simultaneously immersive, experimental, educational, and entertaining. More than a museum, this dynamic film center will offer unparalleled experiences and insights into movies and moviemaking. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum is restoring and revitalizing the historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. The Saban Building will feature six floors, including exhibition spaces, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, special event spaces, conservation areas, a café, and a store. The new spherical addition will connect to the Saban Building via glass bridges and will feature the state-of-the-art 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the rooftop Dolby Family Terrace with its sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills. 

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