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  • [Question] Strange design on the Small World facade...

    I have been to Disneyland more times than I could count. The last time I went, I waited in the standby line for "it's a small world" for the first time in forever and this design stuck out to me. I noticed it again while riding through the exit tunnel of the showbuilding. Does anyone know where it came from or what its inspiration is? It just seems so unique and interesting. Could it have come from Mary Blair's own imagination, or is there a deeper story? Let me know your thoughts below.


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  • #2
    I don't know about significance, but it looks like a section of either Battenburg lace or cut-lace fancy work. I have a tablecloth made by my mother in law and her mother that looks a bit similar.
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    • #3
      I believe that is actually the work of Rolly Crump. Rolly took Mary's design concepts and made them work in 3D. In his book "It's Kind of a Cute Story" he talks specifically of adding the "doilies" to the facade to give it more of a spark of life - he had them covered in gold leaf so they'd always be shiny...they used up the entire stock of gold leaf in the US at the time.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Spire View Post
        I believe that is actually the work of Rolly Crump. Rolly took Mary's design concepts and made them work in 3D. In his book "It's Kind of a Cute Story" he talks specifically of adding the "doilies" to the facade to give it more of a spark of life - he had them covered in gold leaf so they'd always be shiny...they used up the entire stock of gold leaf in the US at the time.

        Yes, that's sure what that design looks like. "Doilies", now that's not a word you hear often in the 21st century, is it? I still have a goodly sized stack of homemade crochet and 'fancywork' doilies made by the 'older generations' in mine and DH's families.
        "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.​"

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        • #5
          It would not surprise me.....that the design was inspire from a "Doilies" or something like that.....
          (other type art work )
          is an ornamental .

          that were one can get concept , and Ideals from
          imo
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          • #6
            I think it looks cheap.

            'Nuff said.......

            Lol.

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            • #7
              Not to get too deep, but the facade has landmarks from around the world..Eiffel Tower, Kremlin, leaning tower of Pisa, etc. If you stretch it, this image could look like a head with shoulders surrounded with a halo. Does anyone know if it's a famous stained-glass window from somewhere in the world-the Virgin Mary, perhaps?

              While we're at it, does anyone know all the world landmarks represented by the IASW facade? I can't find a list anywhere online.

              Ok. I'll take a run at it:
              Eiffel Tower, France; The Kremlin ( Saint Basil's), Russia; Horyuji Temple, Nara Japan; St. Mark's campanile, Venice; Leaning tower of Pisa, Italy; The Parthenon, Athens; Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris; Taj mahal, India; Big Ben, London; windmill, Holland;

              Corrections? Additions? Tower of London,London Bridge, England?? Bell Tower in Santorini Greece;
              Last edited by sailor310; 02-10-2020, 09:23 PM.
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              • #8
                Sailor310: I literally saw the same as you did

                how strange, right?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sailor310 View Post
                  Not to get too deep, but the facade has landmarks from around the world..Eiffel Tower, Kremlin, leaning tower of Pisa, etc. If you stretch it, this image could look like a head with shoulders surrounded with a halo. Does anyone know if it's a famous stained-glass window from somewhere in the world-the Virgin Mary, perhaps?

                  I sure there is a few......like Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres-Chartres France
                  Stained -glass
                  Window's , is also ornamental art....so why not ?

                  Originally posted by cinderella2u View Post
                  Sailor310: I literally saw the same as you did

                  how strange, right?
                  Good Imagination(I mean that ,in a good way too )
                  Last edited by Eagleman; 02-09-2020, 10:28 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sailor310 View Post
                    Ok. I'll take a run at it:
                    The Kremlin, Russia...

                    Corrections? Additions?
                    The Kremlin? Uh...no.

                    St. Basil's? Perhaps a better guess.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Right Down Broadway View Post
                      The Kremlin? Uh...no.

                      St. Basil's? Perhaps a better guess.
                      Absolutely, St Basil's it is! Thanks
                      Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
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                      • #12
                        Interesting........Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed
                        commonly known as
                        Saint Basil's Cathedra
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                        • #13
                          I noticed the dots most...dots have been a feature in painting since the ancient cave artists used them in their cave paintings...I don’t know anything about art but I find dots in artworks beautiful and mysterious...now I will have to find this piece next visit...
                          I am old. But still love Disneyland.

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                          • #14
                            To me it actually looks like there was once something on top of that design that maybe was an animatronic of sorts and it has since come off and rather than being replaced they simply painted over the previous mounting points.

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