Monsters are Coming to the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton!

by TELUS World of Science - Edmonton

Creatures and mechanical monsters will come to life as TELUS World of Science – Edmonton opens the feature exhibition How to Make A Monster on December 21, 2013. The exhibition explores the art and technology of animatronics through the work of visual effects artist and Academy Award winner John Cox.

The How To Make A Monster exhibition was created by John Cox to showcase the skills and processes involved in bringing a creature from the written page to the silver screen in this fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ exhibition. From the flying aliens featured in the movie Pitch Black (2000), to the giant creeping crocodile in Peter Pan (2003), Cox has created some of the world’s coolest animatronic movie visuals.

The interactive exhibition features a range of creatures created by Mr. Cox during his 35-year career in animatronics and visual effects. The monsters, including blind aliens, mechanical dinosaurs and an abominable snowman, will come to life right before your eyes.

How To Make A Monster creates an opportunity for audiences to become animatronic puppeteers, lighting technicians, creature designers and more! Find out how science, engineering, technology and art all work together in creating some of your favourite blockbuster films and TV shows. Visitors will experience how steel, wire, nuts, pulleys and miniature motors are combined to create the bones and muscles that bring animatronic creatures to life. Visitors can touch the alien guts from Pitch Black, run Inspector Gadget into a stop sign and direct a dinosaur.

The exhibition will be included in a General Admission ticket and free for TELUS World of Science – Edmonton Members. How To Make A Monster will be open daily from December 21, 2013, and until April 22, 2014.

John Cox has more than 35 years’ experience in the visual effects industry and is the director of Australia's leading creature effects company, John Cox's Creature Workshop. The company specializes in the concept, design and manufacture of animatronic fantasy creatures, characters and realistic animals. Cox received a 1995 Academy Award for Visual Effects for the movie Babe and in 1999 was elected as a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the 2006 Kinetone Award for significant contributions to the Queensland Film and Television Industry and in 2007 he won the Australian Film Industry (AFI) Award for Visual Effects for Rogue

TELUS World of Science - Edmonton is a world-class, broad-based science centre that inspires and motivates people to learn about and contribute to science and technology. TELUS World of Science - Edmonton is a leader in providing high quality, interactive programs and exhibits that provide an avenue for both learning and entertainment, and which spark the imagination of people of all ages. The Edmonton Space & Science Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates TELUS World of Science - Edmonton.