The film memorabilia collection, currently being held in a secret location for security reasons, is considered to be one of the largest of its kind in the world, consists of over 50,000 items including original armatured models, hard rubber stand-in models, armatures, original moulds, original artwork, original miniatures, stills, negatives, original equipment, paperwork, screenplays, various test and dailies footage, books and many influences, such as paintings and lithographs by Gustav Dore, John Martin and Willis O’Brien.
Mr McDonald made the call in a letter to Angela Scott, Chief Executive of Aberdeen, highlighting that film and television exhibitions have been a huge draw in other Scottish cities and that it would provide a unique cultural experience for the people of Aberdeen.
Commenting, Mark McDonald MSP said:
“Ray Harryhausen paved the way for special effects in Hollywood and his work inspired some of the greatest directors, screenwriters and producers of our era. Both Ray and Diane Harryhausen had a huge affinity for Scotland and chose to base their foundation here.
“Now that the foundation is making its extensive collection available to museums and galleries across the country, I believe that there is an excellent opportunity for Aberdeen to host an exhibition that will draw in people from across the world and provide the people of Aberdeen with an excellent cultural experience.”
For more information on the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation visit: www.rayharryhausen.com