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Arts and Entertainment

Gallery Lets You Channel Scrooge McDuck And Swim In A Pool Of Gold

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By Antonio Sierra

Scrooge McDuck was never like other plutocrats—instead of storing his cash at a Swiss bank or in a Cayman Islands offshore account, Scrooge kept his gold coins, precious gems and other plunders in a giant pile that he would frequently dive into and swim in. Now, thanks to Hollywood’s iam8bit art gallery, DuckTales fans can recreate their own swan dives into his famed fortune with a life-sized exhibit of the Scrooge McDuck vault.

The exhibit features foam coins, jewels, crowns, and other faux-luxury items to romp around in. The only expense you have to pay to is signing a waiver form. The gold pit is sponsored by the game studio Capcom for the upcoming re-release of the Ducktales video game.

Scrooge McDuck first appeared in a 1947 comic book by legendary artist and writer Carl Barks, but you probably remember him from the late 1980's cartoon DuckTales. (Just try and get that theme song unstuck from your head. We dare you).

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Even on a quiet Saturday afternoon, groups of visitors flocked to the exhibit to play with the props, snap pictures and generally goof off. While the recession has taken a big chunk out of many people’s underground vaults, iam8bit is allowing everyone to feel like the 1%—if only for a picture or two.

iam8bit’s DuckTales exhibit will be running through June 30th. Gallery hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is closed Monday through Wednesday. Admission is free to the public.