Tuesday, 15 April 2008

giant luxo jr moves in at pixar animation studios

Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter (left) welcomes Luxo Jr to Pixar Animation Studios HQ.
John Lasseter (left) welcomes Luxo Jr.
The world's biggest Luxo lamp, the iconic and much loved symbol of the world's most successful digital animation company, Pixar Animation Studios, has today been unveiled at the company's headquarters in Emeryville, CA, in a gesture of friendship from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne.

The giant Luxo lamp was manufactured in Melbourne to mark the Australian presentation of the international exhibition, Pixar: 20 Years of Animation, and was today handed over by ACMI Director, Tony Sweeney, to Pixar Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter and President, Dr Ed Catmull.

The 6.5 metre/43ft tall Luxo Jr has taken pride of place at Pixar following the official unveiling ceremony in front of studio staff. Made of steel and fibreglass and lit by 18 energy efficient fluorescent light bulbs, Luxo Jr was commissioned by ACMI as a landmark entranceway gesture for the exhibition's 2007 presentation in Melbourne.

ACMI Director, Tony Sweeney, said the inspiration to create the world's largest Luxo lamp emerged from the close professional and creative relationship with the Pixar team that developed during the collaboration on Pixar: 20 Years of Animation.

"Australia fell in love with Luxo Jr during its three month appearance at ACMI, and so it seems did the team at Pixar, especially John Lasseter," Tony said. "Our collaboration in presenting Pixar: 20 Years of Animation to Australian audiences reflected our shared creativity and vision, and we're very excited to have a continuing relationship and lasting legacy with Pixar through the Aussie made Luxo Jr".

John Lasseter said the entire Pixar family has been touched by the generosity of spirit and creative vision of ACMI to firstly design and build Luxo Jr, but also in enabling it to permanently call Emeryville home.

"We had a wonderful experience working with the extraordinary team at ACMI, who took an exhibition of our original artwork, treated it with love, care and respect and presented it in a way that far exceeded our very high expectations," John said. "It was an amazingly successful collaboration between two like minded organizations and we now have Luxo Jr as a lasting legacy of our wonderful friendship".

As the adorable central character in Pixar's first film, Luxo Jr, (1986, Directed by John Lasseter), the Luxo lamp went on to become the studio's instantly recognisable icon, while the film itself was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film (1987).

ACMI is a world first cultural centre that celebrates, explores and champions the moving image in all its diverse forms, film, television, games, new media and art. A centrepiece of Melbourne's iconic Federation Square, ACMI provides audiences with unsurpassed diversity in ways to engage with the very best of international screen culture.

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