Ti­tanic show will float your boat

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Exhibition - 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 wreck site 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 on Satur­day.

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.

“I wanted to make this really com­pre­hen­sive ex­hi­bi­tion that not only dealt with a sub­set of a story but told the whole story,” he said.

“The dream is how it al­ways starts and then you get down to the phys­i­cal el­e­ments and all those lit­tle sub­tleties that make it feel spe­cial.

“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 crewmem­ber.

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

Ti­tanic The Ex­hi­bi­tion, which takes two to three weeks to in­stall, 10 days to re­move and trav­els in al­most 20 12m con­tain­ers, also fea­tures a room ded­i­cated to Cameron’s film, fea­tur­ing the dress Rose wore dur­ing the sink­ing, Jack’s out­fit, a copy of Jack’s sketch of Rose and other movie props in­clud­ing a Heart of the Ocean neck­lace.

“You could end the show with­out them but I think it’s fun for peo­ple too,” Zaller said.

“It’s how most young peo­ple got their con­nec­tion to Ti­tanic and it’s a great movie.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d447749

Tom Zaller has guided his ex­hi­bi­tion to Perth.

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