Nerd Out at the Vader Project Starting This Weekend

It’s never too early to start planning your weekend (you already have your Sunday afternoon booked with us at our Donut Summit, right?), so here’s another one to add to your weekend bucket: Darth. Vader. Helmets. Arti-fied.

A bit similar to the Yoka Bear project at Designer Con last year, the Vader Project began in 2007 by sending off a 1:1 replica of Darth Vader’s glorified asthma contraption to 75 artists, who used it as a canvass for their art.  Amanda Visell, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Girls Drawin Girls, and Plasticgod are just a few of the LA artists who got inside Darth’s helmet head.  All helmets were showcased during the 2007 Star Wars Convention at the Convention center; three years later, after making their way through the Dagobah System (i.e., the Project went on a worldwide tour), the space Vaders are back in Los Angeles.  A few artists were added, and a total of 100 helmets will be on display for your nerd-tastic pleasure starting this weekend at SURU in West Hollywood.  While the exhibit runs until June 20th (after that, they will be sold at an auction in Philadelphia), if you’re going to go, go this weekend.  Friday from 6pm to 10pm is the opening party, complete with a DJ to put you in the cantina kind of mood, and on Saturday, a few of the artists in residence will be around to autograph the auction catalog.

I have a very good feeling about this.

The Vader Project runs from June 11 to June 20 at 6812 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA 90036.  It’s free!!!  Above, one of the Darth Vaders at the 2007 Star Wars convention.  Photo courtesy sjd52878 via the Metblogs Flickr pool.