Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ride the Zippin Pippin, Part 0.2!

If you haven't seen the news, Save Libertyland now owns the Zippin Pippin. In honor of that, I present the next version of my Zippin Pippin work-in-process animation, now with color, some texture, a sky, all in horrible low-resolution!

Click on the image at the bottom of the post to get a little higher-quality vision.

Getting back to reality, the good news about the Zippin Pippin: if it survives, it will survive in Memphis. The bad news: survival isn't assured.

The people who bought the Pippin and have now given it Save Libertyland did not buy the land under the coaster. That still belongs to the City of Memphis. To date, the city has been random at best, antagonistic at worst, to the efforts of Save Libertyland to do as their name states. I hope the city can see the imaginative value of keeping the Pippin and the Carousel in the fairgrounds redevelopment. (I have always envied Alvy Singer for living under a roller coaster at Coney Island).

This Flyer article mentions that SL is also talking to Elvis Presley Enterprises about preserving the ride. This is great, although EPE hasn't been particularly active in preserving Elvis' physical legacy outside of Graceland's gates. Hopefully this will change, but if it doesn't, perhaps they can enlist Elvis fans and fan clubs around the world in the efforts to preserve the ride (and the Chisca too).

initial ascent on the virtual Zippin Pippin

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4 Comments:

Blogger lovecakes said...

Thanks Gates,

Great video. You have one of the most interesting journals in Memphis--I dig it and you.

love,
the devil

7:16 PM  
Anonymous dee said...

This is great! I sent it to our webmaster so he could post it on the Memphis Magnet and DetourMemphis blogs, we posted your earlier version! Amazing!

You are right that the Pippin is still in limbo -- but we are committed to working for its preservation, we've got so many wonderfully dedicated folks on it.

1:06 PM  
Blogger NICK A. DAVIS said...

Yeah!!!

1:48 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

Devil, Dee, Nick, I'm glad you like it.

Now I have to build the world around it -- those incredible Memphis trees and buildings, not to mention further modeling and texturing of the ZP.

12:37 PM  

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