In honor of the 30th anniversary of the beloved film, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to Goblin City is now open at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. This is the first special exhibit introduced to the center since the new Worlds of Puppetry museum opened last November. An exclusive early preview of the exhibit was offered to guests at the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball followed by the official premiere on September 2. This new exhibit is in addition to the many Labyrinth props and puppets already on display as part of the Jim Henson Collection. Photos of the new exhibit are available at the end of this article.
The Jim Henson Legacy has provided many unique objects for the exhibit. The collection consists of items that have never been on display, including Goblin puppets, plaster casts of Hoggle’s head and the Worm, along with numerous weapons and staffs from the final battle sequence. Also included are the original set renderings by Elliot Scott and design drawings by Brian Froud, the well-known English fantasy illustrator who collaborated with Henson on both Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. The exhibit features original costumes and masks, as well as famous iconic artifacts, including Jareth’s crystal balls, David Bowie’s costume and a 13-hour clock.
Designed to be an immersive experience, the exhibit moves viewers along the journey into the Goblin City and through the creative process of making the film, from concept to production. The journey begins with detailed text panels featuring background information on the film. Once inside, visitors will move through three distinct sections. The first portion focuses on the creation of the various worlds inside the film, from puppet building techniques, design development and original goblin sketches, to puppet plaster casts and figures. From there, guests move into the Ballroom scene with its surreal iconic props, gowns and masks. The last section is devoted to the film’s final battle scene and includes weapons, goblins and original set and puppet designs.
Designed and built by the Center for Puppetry Arts staff, the exhibition will be open until September 3, 2017.
The museum is closed on Mondays. Tickets are free for members/$10.50 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.puppet.org or by calling the ticket sales office at (404) 873-3391. The Center for Puppetry Arts is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops and the hands-on museum, as well as distance learning and outreach programs. The Center recently completed a major expansion of the Worlds of Puppetry Museum which houses the Global Collection of unique puppets from all over the world and the Jim Henson Collection, a comprehensive presentation of Jim Henson’s puppets and artifacts.