A four year odyssee ends this summer, with The Vader Project winding down in two final events. First, the 100 helmets, conceived by some of the most noted contemporary artists around, arrive in Los Angeles for a 10-day exhibition. Running from June 12 to 20, 2010, the exhibition serves as a preview for the penultimate event in the tour – an auction at Freeman’s in Philadelphia, PA. The auction offers an opportunity to snag a helmet and takes place on July 10, 2010.
About The Vader Project –
Curated and produced by Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys, The Vader Project features 100 of the best underground artists and designers working today. “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,” Kelemer and Marks said. “We are pleased to have partnered with Freeman’s to make these fine pieces of art available to the public for the first time.”
For this unique project, each artist customized a 1:1 scale authentic prop replica of the actual Darth Vader helmet featured in the STAR WARS™ films. Notable artists involved with the project include: Shag, Peter Kuper, Jermaine Rogers, Gary Baseman, BXH, Tim Biskup, The Pizz, Dalek, Paul Frank, Ron English, Jeff Soto, Michelle Valigura, Frank Kozik, Plasticgod, Simone Legno – Tokidoki, Bill McMullen, Secret Base, Joe Ledbetter, Alex Pardee, Suckadelic, Cameron Tiede, Mister Cartoon, Marc Ecko, and Amanda Visell.
Since its premiere in 2007, The Vader Project has toured the world. The collection launched in May 2007 at the Star Wars Celebration IV event in Los Angeles, and travelled internationally to Europe in July 2007 and Japan in July 2008. Most recently The Vader Project was on display from February 13 – May 3, 2009 at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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A few more of the 100 helmets from The Vader Project after the jump.