Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

In a film packed with great costume and set design (Leia's buns! The AT-ATs! Tauntaun guts!), the Stormtroopers' glistening white exoskeletons are among the most memorable details from Star Wars. Which is what makes Art Wars a lot of fun: As part of a show at London mega-gallery Saatchi, 19 artists were given a trooper helmet and told to go wild.

The helmets — which are being auctioned off later this month — are part of a fundraiser for Missing Tom, an organisation dedicated to finding a long-missing brother of founder Ben Moore. To get the project off the ground, Moore collaborated with an industrial named Andrew Ainsworth — who was responsible for fabricating the original Stormtrooper suits produced for A New Hope and the subsequent films.

Moore and Ainsworth gave out helmets to a group of 19 artists and asked them to come back with an original piece. Some are more interesting than others: Damien Hirst's contribution is bland to the point of humour, while Jake and Dinos Chapman sculpted white bubbles of plastic onto theirs. Check 'em all out below — or check out Art Wars at Saatchi Gallery until October 13. [Saatchi Gallery; Co.Design]

Damien Hirst:

Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

Ben Moore:

Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

Inkie:

Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

Antony Micallef:

Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

Bran Symondson:

Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

D*Face:

Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

Jake and Dinos Chapman:

Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

Mr. Brainwash:

Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

David Bailey:

Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

Andrew Ainsworth:

Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

Joana Vasconcelos:

Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

Jason Brooks:

Art Wars: 12 Stormtrooper Helmets Get Hilarious High-Art Makeovers

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