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Snow White and Seven Dwarfs Original Grotto Marble Statues

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Published on Aug 22, 2013

As the story goes, Walt Disney received an anonymous gift postmarked from Italy. In the package were figurines of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, meticulously carved of Carrera marble.

The gift touched Walt greatly and he handed the bundle over to John Hench and told him to find a place for them in the park. However, Hench was dismayed. Snow White was the same height as the dwarfs, and this would create a challenge as to how to display the characters without the artist's oversight being obvious. In the end, he happened upon an idea, by placing Snow White high above the dwarfs, he used forced-perspective to achieve a sense of distance, thus making her appear taller than she actually is.

However, a new story emerged after Hench's death (February 5, 2004). His secretary cleaned out his desk and found paperwork and invoices showing that John Hench actually commissioned the statues himself. Being the showman/prankster that he was, wove an elaborate tale of their origin. The statues were eventually replaced in the park with reproductions (1982) and reside in the Sculpture Studio at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, CA.

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