Seattle-based artist Mike Leavitt created an awesome series of highly detailed, fully articulated action figures for a new solo exhibition entitled Empire Peaks. Each fantastic figure is an easily recognizable mashup of a Star Wars character and a famous (or infamous) historical figure:
"In this exhibition, Leavitt pairs the traits of his recognizable subjects with characters from Star Wars, juxtaposing the classic archetypal roles found in Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and the rest of the famed cast with pop-culture personas. Through these clever mash-ups, the artist explores themes of coveting mass-produced collectibles as well as idol worship throughout human history—examining the recurring patterns of our civilization and its shared compulsive needs for heroes and villains or rebels and tyrants, rising and falling or celebrated then overthrown, repeatedly over time.”
Some of our favourites include Chewbacca/Charles Darwin, Yoda/Mohandas Gandhi, R2-D2/Albert Einstein, Han Solo/Abraham Lincoln, and Jabba the Hutt/Kim Jong-il. Click here to view them all.
Empire Peaks is currently showing in New York at the Jonathan Levine Gallery through December 21st.
[via Neatorama and Nerd Approved]