Disney Imagineer, sculptor, and amazing talent, Blaine Gibson passed away at age 97. This is according to the Walt Disney Family Museum. He started his career as an assistant animator.
It is said that one day Walt Disney saw his work and asked him to work on the Disneyland project. He went on to become the head of the Walt Disney Imagineering Sculpture Department. He sculpted figures like Abraham Lincoln for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, quite a few pirates for Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, Haunted Mansion, the Enchanted Tiki Room and Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain and Will Rogers for the American Adventure Pavilion at EPCOT . He also worked on “Fantasia,” “Bambi” and “Peter Pan.”
He sculpted every one of the Presidents, up to and including George W. Bush in 2001, in the Hall Of Presidents at Disney World.
He retired in 1983 but he continued to sculpt for Disney and he was named a legend in 1993.
“Blaine Gibson was one of the most important storytellers among all the great talents on Walt Disney’s team of Imagineers,” said Marty Sklar, former vice-chairman of Walt Disney Imagineering. “He showed all of us how to make our Disney park show characters so realistic you never had to guess the role of any three-dimensional figure in our attractions.”
Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
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