Chris Rogers writer on architecture and visual culture

Fragments of a hologram rose: Re-seeing Blade Runner

“The postcard is a white light reflection hologram of a rose […] Holding it carefully between thumb and forefinger, he lowers the hologram toward the hidden rotating jaws. The unit emits a thin scream as steel teeth slash laminated plastic and the rose is shredded into a thousand fragments […] Parker lies in darkness, recalling the thousand fragments of the hologram rose. A hologram has this quality: recovered and illuminated, each fragment will reveal the whole […] from a different angle”
 
    - Fragments of a Hologram Rose by William Gibson, first published 1977

pred - spinner-above
pred - spinner-side
Mead - Spinner rare
BR - spinner night (astranovascifi.com)

Three of Syd Mead’s pre-production paintings of the Spinner in its final form. The weapons were later removed from the design and replaced by the glittering light array that prodiced one of the film's more famous images (visualnews.com; miscellaneous-pics.blogspot.com; pasalavida.org; astranovascifi.com)

BR - gun 1 (shootingmessengers.blogspot.com)
BR - gun 2 (reuters)
BR - gun 3 (thereplicapropforum.com)

Three views of the highly distinctive and commendably original firearm designed for the Deckard character, a combination of a cut-down rifle and a revolver. These images are a mix of the actual 'hero' prop made for the film, sold at auction some years ago, and reproductions produced for fans (shootingmessengers.blogspot.com; Reuters; thereplicapropforum.com)

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