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  • Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

    I personally did not like them because I am not an abstract art fan. But I do think they did a good job adding to the Tomorrowland atmosphere.

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    Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

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      Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

      I guess they were one of those "You don't really miss it until it's gone" things. Did I LOVE them not really, but do I wish they were back in place YES!


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        Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

        I liked how they were original.
        -Jack :geek:
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          Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

          I never really noticed them when they were up, but I'm not a fa of her work and I do not miss them.

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            Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

            I enjoyed the murals but I always thought they were out of place in tomorrowland. I think she could have done some great murals to line the walk back to small world.
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              Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

              Originally posted by Disney Wrassler View Post
              I personally did not like them because I am not an abstract art fan. But I do think they did a good job adding to the Tomorrowland atmosphere.
              I don't think Mary Blair's artwork would be considered "abstract".

              Personally, I love Mary's work and I miss seeing the murals in Disneyland. However, they absolutely don't fit in with the way Tomorrowland is currently themed. However, it would have been nice if Disney could have saved the murals and reinstalled them in the Small World Mall.

              --Tim
              "JESUS!!! That's Cold!" -- Walt Disney's final words.

              "You hear people talk about, 'I don't think Walt would like this,' or 'I don't think Walt would like that.' You have no idea what Walt would want! No clue whatsoever! Because the people that worked with him day in and day out didn't know what Walt wanted. Walt didn't know what he wanted 'til he wanted it."
              -- Randy Thornton, Walt Disney Records

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                Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

                I liked them but they did not belong in Tomorrowland.

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                  Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

                  Originally posted by Ghostbuster626 View Post
                  I liked them but they did not belong in Tomorrowland.
                  I feel the same way. Although I must admit at first I went...what? who? So I googled them and then went oh....those. I liked them, but thought they belonged elsewhere.
                  "I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. "Groucho Marx

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                    Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

                    Originally posted by brassplayer View Post
                    I don't think Mary Blair's artwork would be considered "abstract".
                    Agreed.
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                      Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

                      Originally posted by brassplayer View Post
                      However, it would have been nice if Disney could have saved the murals and reinstalled them in the Small World Mall.
                      Precisely how I feel.

                      I like the murals and other Blair works, but I always thought they were out of place in Tomorrowland. Relocating them instead of destroying them would have been a much better option.

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                        Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

                        Originally posted by brassplayer View Post
                        I don't think Mary Blair's artwork would be considered "abstract".

                        Personally, I love Mary's work and I miss seeing the murals in Disneyland. However, they absolutely don't fit in with the way Tomorrowland is currently themed.

                        --Tim
                        I agree, but probably for a different reason...in my opinion, the way Tomorrowland is "currently themed" leaves a tremendous amount to be desired, so the Blair murals fit in with the Tomorrowland in its prime, 1967-1998.

                        And for the record, I loved them, and felt they fit right in there, in the Tomorrowland that once was one of my favorite areas of the park.

                        --Barry
                        God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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                          Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

                          I don't like them because I just don't care for her artwork, although her mural in the Contemporary concourse isn't so bad.

                          On that same note, I wouldn't have cared if the TL murals found a new home at the DL hotel, but obviously they didn't. I found their art style irrelevant in either Tomorrowland 98 or Tomorrowland 07, but the hotel has a fun retro theme going. Oh well.

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                            Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

                            I loved the Blair murals.

                            I miss them.

                            Mary was one of Walt Disney's most original and inspirational artists - - and one of his own favorites. If their dream for Tomorrowland was a spirit of international unity, that lovely vision should have remained.

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                              Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

                              I think there should be a place for Mary Blair art just about anywhere.

                              I really dug her design, and it is interesting that a lot of modern cartoons and animation are a bit of a throw-back to her.

                              The use of colour was always interesting, and her sketches are something I could look at for hours, regardless of whether they were attached to a Disney theme park project or not.

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                                Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

                                Originally posted by merlinjones View Post
                                I loved the Blair murals.

                                I miss them.

                                Mary was one of Walt Disney's most original and inspirational artists - - and one of his own favorites. If their dream for Tomorrowland was a spirit of international unity, that lovely vision should have remained.
                                I agree with merlinjones.

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                                  Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

                                  Loved them.

                                  Higly original, unlike anyone that came before or after her, Mary Blair was an American Original of the first order. Walt himself hand picked Mary for the job and approved the content and installation of the murals, how can anyone say they didn't belong in Tomorrowland?

                                  The two murals that made up "The Spirit of Creative Energies Among Children " summed up exactly what Tomorrowland was all about (to Walt and Mary at least) at that time, Children moving us into "A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow." They where simply some of Mary Blair's or Disney's finest art. Sad to think that what's not gone all together is covered with generic "Space" art of little artistic consequence or worth other than to re-enforce StarTours StarWars theme, which isn't even Disney. It's like covering the Sistine Chapel with a finger painting or a bumper sticker.

                                  Considering Mary had already died at the time the murals were "covered" you'd think they'd have found a way to preserve them. If not in 1986 then by the time of the TL98 debacle, surely Mary Blair's work must have already started to show increase in demand and value. Just another example of Pressler and that Harriss woman doing what they did best, ruining Disneyland and it's history.

                                  Uncover what's left and think of what's lost like you would any artistic treasure that was senselessly destroyed on a profit driven, vainglorious whim.

                                  JMHO..YMMV
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                                    Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

                                    Are we talking about the murals that were made up of photos submitted by guests? If those are the ones I loved them! I really wish they would have kept them up.

                                    As for the Tomorrowland ones, they could have done an electronic version of them. Maybe had them constantly changing from one picture to another to give it a more technological feel to them.

                                    ...Joe...

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                                      Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

                                      I love Mary Blair but I guess that's because I love abstract art, it's the only art I'm really good at.

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                                        Re: Did you like, or dislike, the Mary Blair murals at Disneyland? Why?

                                        Originally posted by Uzmati View Post
                                        Loved them.

                                        Higly original, unlike anyone that came before or after her, Mary Blair was an American Original of the first order. Walt himself hand picked Mary for the job and approved the content and installation of the murals, how can anyone say they didn't belong in Tomorrowland?

                                        The two murals that made up "The Spirit of Creative Energies Among Children " summed up exactly what Tomorrowland was all about (to Walt and Mary at least) at that time, Children moving us into "A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow." They where simply some of Mary Blair's or Disney's finest art. Sad to think that what's not gone all together is covered with generic "Space" art of little artistic consequence or worth other than to re-enforce StarTours StarWars theme, which isn't even Disney. It's like covering the Sistine Chapel with a finger painting or a bumper sticker.

                                        Considering Mary had already died at the time the murals were "covered" you'd think they'd have found a way to preserve them. If not in 1986 then by the time of the TL98 debacle, surely Mary Blair's work must have already started to show increase in demand and value. Just another example of Pressler and that Harriss woman doing what they did best, ruining Disneyland and it's history.

                                        Uncover what's left and think of what's lost like you would any artistic treasure that was senselessly destroyed on a profit driven, vainglorious whim.

                                        JMHO..YMMV
                                        They would have found a GREAT temporary home in the 50th exhibit.....Welll, even if the whole mural could not fit in the building, it would have been nice to atleast see an actual piece from it.

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