A HOLLYWOOD legend has just opened Weymouth’s Sandworld exhibition of sci-fi sand sculptures for the 2013 season.
Brian Muir is famous as the creator of the iconic Darth Vader mask and has worked on more than seventy films.
These include four Harry Potters, ten James Bond films and, Alien, Superman and Indiana Jones.
But he very nearly found himself unable to cut the official opening ribbon for the world’s first exhibition of science fiction in sand after he was “attacked” by Darth Vader!
He recovered enough to say what an honour it was to be asked to open the attraction for a new season and praised the quality of the exhibits.
Just taking a stroll into the site set hairs rising on the back of your neck as the first thing visitors met was a giant Darth Vader mask.
There was an exhibit devoted to Jurassic Park and another for Superman, but the showpiece sculpture was devoted to Star Wars.
R2-D2 and C-3PO, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca and, of course, Darth Vader are all pictured by some stunningly detailed work.
Another striking creation is a moon face with a rocket embedded in it, highlighting the famous 1902 French film Les Voyages dans La Lune while more recent territory displays a chilling recreation of the Alien monster.
Dr Who’s tardis was in the process of creation – you could already see its police light – while a striking sculpture displays the Time Machine.
Elsewhere there are favourites such as Ben 10, Star Trek and Metropolis while a ferocious Incredible Hulk suddenly glares down on visitors as they reach the far end of the exhibition.
Parker and Lady Penelope were getting some finishing touches on a large display for Thunderbirds while youngsters were being awed by the Dorset Troopers in full stormtrooper gear.
The exhibition will now run every day from 10.30am and will continue until November 3rd and visitors won’t have to go to infinity and beyond to have fun.
More information and pictures will apear in the April 4th edition of the View From Weymouth free newspaper.