For its fourth (and final) edition, the annual Vader Project commissions world class artists to re-imagine a lifesize replica of Darth Vader’s iconic helmet. This year the customizations were unreal, provided by superlative artists like Jeff Soto, Gary Baseman, Joe Ledbetter, Peter Kuper, Jermaine Rogers, BXH, The Pizz, Dalek, Paul Frank, Ron English, Michelle Valigura, Frank Kozik, Plasticgod, Simone Legno, Bill McMullen, Secret Base, Alex Pardee, Suckadelic, Cameron Tiede, Mister Cartoon, Shag, Amanda Visell, J. Otto Seibold, Urban Medium, Tim Biskup and 75 others. After completing its epic world tour, The Vader Project will return to Los Angeles in June for a special ten-day exhibition. The Los Angeles Preview Exhibition will be free to the public with an opening reception on June 11 from 6-10pm. The show will also feature a 200-plus page, full-color, limited edition catalog that is being produced for the auction and is available for pre-order for $40. This Hollywood Preview Exhibition will be open June 12-20, and then in July it travels to Freeman’s Auctioneers in Philadelphia for a 5-day exhibition (July 5-9) — the final opportunity to view the helmets in person before they are sold at auction (most bidding will begin at $1,500). Some of the pieces were truly inspired — if you want a more comprehensive gallery than below, click here. Man if I had the funds I would be all over Alex Pardee’s Full Metal Jacket-inspired version above…

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