Though its basic look is iconic all by itself, sometimes the stormtrooper helmet is more fun when it's used as a canvas.
This week, at London's annual Strarta Art Fair, artist Ben Moore -- founder of the group Art Below, which creates art for London's Underground stations -- and company will unveil "Art Wars," a new exhibit featuring stormtrooper helmets "left at the mercy of some of the best the art world has to offer," including Damien Hirst, David Bailey, Mr. Brainwash and Moore himself. The exhibit was produced in partnership with Shepperton Studios founder Andrew Ainsworth, who manufactured the original stormtrooper helmets for Star Wars back in 1976. Ainsworth also helped to cast the helmets for the exhibit, and contributed a piece of his own.
After being shown in London's Saatchi Gallery in conjunction with Strarta Oct. 9-13, the Art Wars exhibit will be featured in a series of billboards in the Regent's Park Underground station in conjunction with the Frieze Art Fair, which will be held in Regent's Park Oct. 17-20. After that, the helmets will be auctioned off to beneft the "Missing Tom" fund, a fund established with help from the Missing People Charity to support the search for Moore's brother Tom, who hasn't been seen by his family in a decade.
We've gathered a few of our favorite helmet designs from the exhibit below, but if you want even more stormtrooper fun, along with information on how to attempt to purchase one of these works of art, head over to the Art Wars website.