The bedroom from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey has been painstakingly recreated as part of an exhibit inside new Los Angeles art space The 14th Factory.
With its stark white walls, luminous floor and ornate Renaissance decor fit for Louis XVI, the room is instantly recognisable as the centrepiece of arguably the most pored-over ending in movie history. It’s also a superlative piece of set design.
This iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey interior was conceived by production designer Harry Lange, who had previously worked in the ‘future projects’ department at NASA and was introduced to Kubrick by Arthur C Clarke, who co-wrote the screenplay for the film ( based on Clarke’s short story The Sentinel). Which might explain why the setting feels at once earthly and ethereal.
The film set was dismantled shortly after shooting wrapped in 1967 and few of Lange’s original concept sketches have survived, making British artist Simon Birch’s uncanny replica all the more impressive. He teamed up with architect Paul Kember to create the installation – which is evocatively titled ‘The Barmecide Feast’ – for The 14th Factory, his ambitious art project which opened in a previously disused warehouse in Lincoln Heights this month.
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