08 January 2012

Life-Sized Robin Trophy Case

This holiday season, Scott Cummings, the editor of The Baum Bugle, kindly sent me this photograph from the Tampa Bay History Center. It shows the Robin costume in a round glass case, just waiting for some fight to symbolically smash.

Actually, that’s not from the bat-cave. As the label says, it’s one of Burt Ward’s costumes from the Batman TV show. (Another view here and a video here.) This case is in an exhibit titled “Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television,” organized by Seattle’s Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.

The costume exhibits I’ve been to seem to attract a primarily female audience, but this one is aimed at sci-fi fans, and apparently male fans at that. It includes one of the hats Margaret Hamilton wore as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz and an outfit Darryl Hannah wore in Blade Runner, but every other listed costume was made for a male star. Most, if not all, of these artifacts come from the collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

The exhibit has been traveling around medium-sized museums for three years. It closed in Tampa yesterday, and will open at the end of the month at the Midland Center for the Arts in Michigan. And then, the host website says, it’s available through January 2013. So with the right budget, you can host your own authentic life-sized Robin trophy case for months!


Icon_UK said...

There is something slightly creepy about the case looking so much like the Jason memorial, though I'm sure it's accidental.

J. L. Bell said...

Since this exhibit seems to have been assembled for geeks by geeks, I'm sure the curators recognized the allusion they were creating. But really what else could they do?