It’s not often Volo Auto Museum Director Brian Grams gets to work with something without wheels.
His excitement over the museum’s latest arrival was obvious.
“The creature just arrived,” he said. “We’re unwrapping him now.”
The “creature” is a nearly 8-foot-tall, lifelike figure of an alien created for roughly $8,000 at a special effects studio in California.
He, or she, as it can be difficult to tell with these things, will join the museum’s other latest grab, the moon rover on the space ship in 1979’s “Alien” starring Sigourney Weaver.
To celebrate the additions, as well as the 35th anniversary of the film, a cult favorite which spawned sequels, the museum is creating a permanent exhibit.
It’ll be among the museum’s most elaborate exhibits, Grams said.
“It will be unlike any other display here,” he said.
“It will be on a platform with metal-grate floors, so we’re going to do a lot of special effects with lighting and fog. We’ll have a motion sensor that will make the display zap and spark. It will be like walking past a scene out of the movie.”
Grams, who was three years old when the film came out, remembers well first watching the film at an older age in the 1980s.
“’Alien’ itself is just such an iconic movie,” he said. “When the guy told me he had the rover, I was excited not so much to have the rover... but being able to build the display and using that as an anchor.
“As soon as he said ‘Alien,’ I already had the display pictured in my head.”
Grams expects work on the exhibit to be fully completed by June.
The display is finished enough now to allow visitors to the museum at 27582 Volo Village Road to see the rover, the alien and a glimpse of what ultimately will be.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and features hundreds of antique, classic and Hollywood cars, as well as military equipment, weaponry, uniforms and more. For information, visit www.volocars.com, find Volo Auto Museum on Facebook or call 815-385-3644.By JAMI KUNZER firstname.lastname@example.org