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Shawn Palek’s inspiration was “Doctor Who,” the longest-running sci-fi TV show, predating both “Star Trek” and “Star Wars.” The 50th anniversary of the British series (which went on hiatus in 1989 but returned in 2005 more popular than ever).
The show’s time machine is called the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space). The TARDIS, in the shape of a police call box.
Palek, 43, admits that he was raised a Trekker and became a “Whovian” only after the series was revamped for the 21st century.
As an airbrush artist from Story County he’s a photo-realist who loves painting portraits. His TARDIS began humbly in his tent at last year’s fair as a single door; a steady stream of fairgoers stopped to pose for a photo with it.
Then a guy offered to donate seven more doors to Palek to use as canvases.
Eventually the brainstorm hit him to create a three-dimensional TARDIS. But after Palek built the box in February, it loomed in his home studio. Thus was born the “Traveling TARDIS” public art project, his first such scheme.