Adam Savage got to show off his ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ helmet in a July video clip. The TV personality posted a picture and video about his work on the movie prop helmet.
“Have you ever had a project you need to do, but you put it off to the side, and then it sits there until you need it done, and so that’s when you finally do it? Not me. (Kidding.),” Savage posted on Facebook.
Savage showed off the helmet from the 1968 movie’s Clavius astronaut suit in a 31-minute YouTube clip. The clip was titled One Day Builds, though it had been an eight-month-long project.
Initially, the ‘Adam Savage’s Tested’ host talks about why he abandoned the helmet work, his need to changing sewing machines, and his desire to make the helmet fabric not look so new.
“The helmet ended up sitting in the corner,” Savage said. “Getting milling debris on it, which was sort of the purpose.”
He goes on to take the helmet apart and clean off the dust/dirt layer.
“This has been sitting on the edge of my consciousness for months,” Adam Savage lamented.
During the video, Savage’s work takes shape, and he gets to the point where he’s satisfied with his work.
“It’s not quite as beautiful as I was hoping,” Savage said. “But then those are the limits of my seamstress skills as it were.”
He rocked the helmet at one point and talks about the movie magic involved in recording the breathing sounds during the movie.
“It’s totally obvious to me at least that Kubrick’s sound person recorded Dave Bowman breathing inside the actual helmet. It’s so exactly the sound that you hear when you’re breathing inside the helmet,” Savage said. “I love that.”
One Facebook commenter applauded Adam Savage’s work.
“We just watched this today while eating dinner! I’m always so amazed at your many talents. I’m jealous of that sewing machine,” Dawn Moral said.
Savage Rocked ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Helmet Earlier in July
Earlier in the month, the former Mythbusters host welcomed Andrew Barth. Barth helped put together the Apollo Landing Pad for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., in 2019.
In looking for a new approach to his show, Savage showed off the same helmet to Barth, a space enthusiast and lover of director Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece.
The movie itself took painstaking detail in creating a realistic replica of space travel. The helmet, along with the spacesuit, was part of the concept. Savage said he commissioned work on the spacesuit while contributing the backpack to the model.
As for the original spacesuit, After being put in controlled storage for two decades, the legendary spacesuit was purchased at a 1999 auction. Currently, it has an estimated value between $200,000 and $300,000. It was recently sold in July 2020 for $325,000, according to Barnebys.com.