Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Master Sculptor for Kitchen Kabaret, Mickey atop the World and More!

 Q: I have a friend whose father, Perry Russ, used to work with Imagineer sculptor Blaine Gibson. As I understand it, Mr. Russ worked here in Florida on Epcot projects and then later on other projects around Walt Disney World (including the Magic Kingdom). Can you tell me anything about Mr. Russ and the projects that he worked on?
Brian, Kissimmee, Florida 

A [Dave Smith]: I remember Perry well. He was a well-liked master sculptor at Walt Disney World and Walt Disney Imagineering for 20 years, beginning in 1972. Besides working on Emporium window displays and sculpting figures for merchandise, he created the cast of talking fruits and vegetables for the Kitchen Kabaret at Epcot, the Mickey atop the world on the Crossroads of the World pylon at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the original bronze Tinker Bell figure I among others received as a 25-year Disney service award. Perry was noted for his tremendous talent and artistic judgment.

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