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A new exhibition, Art Wars, has commissioned some of today’s most high-profile artists to redesign the iconic Stormtrooper helmet. Working with replicas cast from the original film moulds, artists including Damien Hirst, the Chapman Brothers and Antony Micallef have re-imagined the helmets with fantastically diverse results.

Antony Micallef helmet
‘Peace Maker’ by Antony Micallef: Acrylic capped ABS Stormtrooper head painted by Antony Micallef (2013). Signed by Antony Micallef and Andrew Ainsworth. Image: Bran Symondson

Launched at the inaugural STRARTA Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery, the exhibition is a collaboration between Art Below founder Ben Moore, the original Star Wars Stormtrooper creator Andrew Ainsworth, and charity Missing People.

Ben Moore
‘StormOffSki’ by Ben Moore. Acrylic capped ABS Stormtrooper head encrusted with 6,000 Swarovski Xilion Rose Crystals. Signed by Ben Moore and Andrew Ainsworth. Image: Bran Symondson (2010).

It marks 10 years since the disappearance of Ben’s brother Tom, and will raise funds for the Missing Tom Fund and Missing People. Ben said: “I am excited about the potential of Art Wars to raise awareness, not just for my brother Tom’s disappearance, but also for the Missing People charity and the work they do day in and day out. I am very grateful to the participating artists for giving their time and energy to this project and really believe that with their support we will find Tom.”

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Art Wars Stormtrooper by Jake and Dinos Chapman, Courtesy of Jake and Dinos Chapman

Social enterprise Art Below uses billboard space in underground stations to display artworks in London and overseas. The Art Wars stormtrooper helmets are currently taking over a platform at Regents Park tube station before the creations are auctioned off. A free ‘eKo Art ‘ application created by artist Erin Ko enables you to explore the helmets in 3D with your phone.