• 7.5.10

    The Vader Project

    Gary Baseman, Jeremyville (pictured), and Thunderdog Studios were among the 100 artists chosen to participate in The Vader Project. Artists were given a 1:1 scale replica of the Darth Vader Helmet used in George Lucas' Star Wars films to re-imagine and customize. The villainous Darth Vader's helmet is instantly recognizable in pop culture; in the hands of artists the helmet takes on a new life.

    The project premiered in 2007, starting in Los Angeles and then making its way through Europe and Japan before ending at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The helmets are now on display at Freeman's Auctioneers and Appraisers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until they are auctioned on July 10, 2010.

    The Vader Project began with Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys. They curated 100 notable artists and designers, partnering with Freeman's to make the pieces available to the public. Other artists chosen include Shag, Paul Frank, Ron English, Tim Biskup, Frank Kozik, Simone Legno, Marc Ecko, and more. Comment Kelemer and Marks, "From a simple idea in 2005 to a record-setting exhibition in 2009, it's time for our child to venture forth into the world."

    L: Gary Baseman, R: Thunderdog Studios

    Multiple angles from Gary Baseman, Thunderdog Studios, and Jeremyville (in order)

    This project has no affiliation with Star Wars or Lucasfilm.

    The Vader Project
    Watch the auction here
    Bid at the auction here
    View the other helmets
    Gary Baseman
    Thunderdog Studios

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