Photos: That Bedroom From '2001: A Space Odyssey' Is Now At An L.A. Warehouse
When it comes to iconic scenes, 2001: A Space Odyssey is rife with them. There are the beginning moments, when a group of apes encounter the looming "monolith." There's the tense moment when Hal (a probable relative of the Amazon Echo) gets deactivated. And who can forget that baffling sequence near the end, when our protagonist finds himself in a bedroom that's bathed in white?
There's much to be said about what the room represents (the fabricated comforts of society? the sterility of our modern existence?). Whatever the explanation, the bedroom has been etched into the collective consciousness.
If you've ever wondered what it'd be like to exist in that room (would there be an echo when you speak?), now you'll have the chance. The 14th Factory—"a monumental, multiple-media art installation"—opened in a Lincoln Heights warehouse earlier this month. The sprawling space incorporates video projections, installations, sculpture, sound, paintings, and live performance. There's a hanging ceiling of pitchforks looming above. There's a random swath of lawn. It's a faithful replication of the Space Odyssey bedroom, however, that will likely generate the most fanfare among visitors.
As noted at Los Angeles Magazine, the space is run by Simon Birch, a Hong Kong-based British artist. Birch had unveiled some of these exhibitions before in New York last year—the Space Odyssey bedroom was among them.
This isn't just any replication of the Space Odyssey bedroom, however. Birch had pitched the idea to Hong Kong architect Paul Kember, who just so happened to have a personal tie to the movie. “It was so strange because two of my uncles, Tony and John Graysmark, had been draughtsmen on the movie and had actually drawn up that exact room,” Kember told the South China Morning Post. “It was a personal tribute to recreate a project my uncles had first worked on nearly 50 years ago.”
Which is all to say that it's time to fire up that Instagram. The exhibitions at 14th Factory will run till April 30; you can find tickets for admission here.
The 14th Factory is located at 440 North Avenue 19, Los Angeles.