Blowhard, Esq. writes:
In 1972, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, the fourth installment in the series, was released. When the film begins, humans have enslaved the apes but during the course of the movie, the apes rise up in revolution against their oppressors. There may be some deeper moral or subtext about racism and bigotry, but I can’t be sure. All I know is, when they needed some buildings to portray a sterile dystopia, they logically chose the recently-completed University of California Irvine campus, which happens to my undergraduate alma mater. I took some screencaps from the movie then went over there today for a short then-and-now comparison.
First, here’s the plaza between the two main libraries. The buildings on the left and right are real, while everything else in the background is a matte painting.
If I walk forward from the picture immediately above and turn the corner left, this is the view.
West of the two libraries is Murray Krieger Hall. I had many classes in this building.
Back east are the two main Social Science buildings.
If you go down the stairs and turn to the right, you’re in the Social Science Plaza, which faces the libraries.
Now, if I turn to the right, we see the Social Science Plaza itself. You can see that the ape is chained to a concrete pylon in the middle of a planter that is now occupied by trees.
Thank God for those trees, right? They add shade, interest, and hide the aggressive ugliness. The above collection of buildings, designed by a team headed by William Pereira, were built in the mid 60s. They were so delighted with what he came up with that they named a road after him.