The Vader Project
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The Vader Project

100 helmets traveled through 8 exhibitions, 3 countries and 1 ground breaking auction to live on in a beautiful full-color catalog.

The Vader Project is a reimagining of the iconic Darth Vader helmet curated by Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys ( Kelemer and Marks gathered close to 100 of the hottest underground and pop surrealist painters, artists, and designers to participate. For this unique project each artist was given a 1:1 scale authentic prop replica of the actual Darth Vader helmet used in the STAR WARS™ films. The helmets served as a blank canvas for each artist to paint, design, mash up, and customize.

Artists involved with the project include:

Full color, auction catalogs featuring all 100 helmets, artist bios, show info and more are still available.

The Vader Project Exhibitions:

May 24-28, 2007
Star Wars Celebration IV
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

July 13-15, 2007
Star Wars Celebration Europe
ExCel Exhibition Center
London, England

July 25-29, 2007
San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, U.S.A.

July 19-21 2008
Star Wars Celebration Japan
Makuhari-Messe Convention Center
Tokyo, Japan

February 4, 2009
Lucasfilm Annual Employee Meeting
Marin County Civic Center
San Rafael, California, U.S.A.

Feb 28-May 3, 2009
Andy Warhol Museum
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

June 11-20, 2010
Freeman’s Los Angeles Auction Preview
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

July 5-9, 2010
The Vader Project Auction Exhibition
Freeman’s Auction House
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

July 10, 2010
The Vader Project Auction
Freeman’s Auction House
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Hi-res images available upon request.


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