Eye On Design: Aries 1-B Spaceship Model from Kubrick’s 2001

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Most of the props, sets, costumes, and models from the film 2001: A Apace Odyssey (1968) were intentionally destroyed by Director Stanley Kubrick to prevent their reuse in other productions; this surviving Aries 1B Spaceship Model is a rarity.

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Kubrick consulted with NASA engineers to ensure its realism, even though its meticulously detailed pipes and panels would be only briefly visible on screen. This insistence on scientific accuracy was a departure from most science-fiction films at the time. The miniature models contributed to 2001’s astonishing effects, which earned the film the Academy Award for a Special Visual Effects.

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Photographed in the Academy Museum in Los Angeles.

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