The Alien franchise is full of iconic visuals and creations. There are the xenomorphs themselves, of course, but then there’s also the fossilized Space Jockey (or Engineer, whatever), the clicking motion trackers the Colonial Marines carry, and the horrific nests with victims entombed and impregnated with chestbursters. But if I could pull one single element out of the Alien franchise’s fiction and into my reality, I wouldn’t hesitate: give me a P-5000 Power Loader, baby.
That rather awesome fake advertisement was mocked up by artist Tom Whalen for the “Product Placement Screenprint” art show at Los Angeles’ Gallery1988. The challenge was for artists to create an advertisement for some fictional item from the worlds of television and film. Why did Whalen decide on the Power Loader? On his website, he explains that “I’ve always thought the caterpillar P-5000 work loader from Aliens was the bee’s knees, so this was pretty much a no-brainer for me.” I can’t argue with that, Tom, and bonus points for the anachronistic slang.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can still check out the Gallery1988 art show, which runs through March 30th.