Premiering at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 13, The Vader Project features 100 reimagined Darth Vader helmets created by some of today's most talked-about underground and pop surrealist painters, artists and designers. Dov Kelemer, who curated the project along with Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys, notes that "it's because of trailblazing artists like Andy Warhol that The Vader Project can even exist today. We couldn't be more honored to be showcasing The Vader Project at the Warhol."
From their website, here's a brief history: "The Vader Project originally premiered at Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles in May 2007. From there it traveled to Star Wars Celebration Europe in London in June 2007. July 2007 brought 10 new helmets to the Star Wars Pavilion at the famed San Diego Comi-Con International. Then in July 2008, 13 Japanese artists joined forces with the existing Vader Project when their helmets premiered at Star Wars Celebration Japan."
Some of the artists featured include Shag, Peter Kuper, Attaboy, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Dalek, Paul Frank, Ron English, Jeff Soto, Michelle Valigura, Frank Kozik, Wade Lageose, Joe Ledbetter, Alex Pardee, Suckadelic, Cameron Tiede, Michelle Valigura, Mister Cartoon, Marc Ecko and Amanda Visell.
The Vader Project will rest at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh from February 13 - May 3, 2009. Check out some of our favorites below.