Caricature artists have long been a part of a day out at a theme park or amusement place. Artists capture the essence of guests sitting for a portrait, creating an exaggerated likeness as a remembrance of their day of fun.
Six Flags Great Adventure has been the
home to several caricature stands throughout its history, the most
elaborate of which was the Bavarian Artists stand in Old Country
constructed in 1995. The new artist venue was built as a
replacement for the Caricature Portrait Artists stand located near the
Carousel which was removed at the end of the 1994 season.
|With the thematic
enhancements done around Great Adventure in the 1990's while Six Flags was
owned by Time Warner, a previously unthemed area that had a few elements
of "old world" style became Old Country. Additional structures were
added all along the pathways including a new Bavarian Artists stand.
The facility was small but fairly elaborate with half timber gables and
wooded shingles, giving it a Black Forest/Bavarian look.
The Bavarian Artists stand was closed at the end of the 2007 season when the Old Country section of the park was mothballed as a cost reduction measure. The caricature stand remained shuttered in what had become a backstage pathway for employees. After the 2017 season, all the buildings along the Old Country walkway were leveled including the Bavarian Artists stand as the area was refreshed in preparation for 2018's new major attraction Cyborg Cyber Spin.
|Original Spotlight: February 26, 2016, Updated: April 20, 2020. GAH Reference#: SHOP-1995-001