Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE - Tanya MacNaughton

TOM Zaller was never a Ti­tanic fa­natic as a child, nor did he see the James Cameron film at the cinema in 1997, but he has more than made up for this af­ter work­ing on mul­ti­ple ex­hi­bi­tions on the mar­itime tragedy for the past 16 years. He even vis­ited the site of the wreck in 2000. Zaller, who grew up in Cleve­land and toured on shows from The Phan­tom of the Opera to ma­gi­cian David Copperfield, worked for other ex­hi­bi­tion pro­duc­ers be­fore start­ing At­lantabased Imag­ine Ex­hi­bi­tions in 2009.

His lat­est, Ti­tanic The Ex­hi­bi­tion, has toured since 2012, and opened in Perth last month.

Like Bruce Is­may and Lord Wil­liam Pir­rie’s dream to change transat­lantic ocean travel, Zaller’s am­bi­tion was to cre­ate the largest and new­est trav­el­ling Ti­tanic ex­hi­bi­tion.

“It touches on so many lev­els and no mat­ter what you like the best with the ex­hi­bi­tion, whether it’s the arte­facts or the re-cre­ation of the grand stair­case or the man­u­fac­tured ice­berg you can touch, all of those are just there to sup­port the hu­man story and that’s where we all con­nect.

“We can all re­late to some­one on the Ti­tanic.”

Ex­hi­bi­tion-go­ers re­ceive a greater con­nec­tion through the is­sue of a board­ing pass on ad­mis­sion with de­tails of ei­ther a pas­sen­ger or crew mem­ber.

At the end of the ex­hi­bi­tion you find out the fate of your per­son, which Zaller de­scribed as a sim­ple yet pow­er­ful mo­ment.

The show also fea­tures a room ded­i­cated to Cameron’s film, fea­tur­ing the dress Rose wore dur­ing the sink­ing and Jack’s out­fit.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d447749

Ex­hi­bi­tions chief ex­ec­u­tive Tom Zaller at the helm of Ti­tanic The Ex­hi­bi­tion.

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