Star Wars helmets to take London by storm

Lifesize startrooper helmets painted by collectable artists will be sold to raise money for Missing People and Missing Tom Fund

The Empire Strikes Blek helmet by Blek le Rat, $13,000
The Empire Strikes Blek helmet by Blek le Rat, $13,000

The artist and curator Ben Moore launched the first Art Wars exhibition in 2013 to raise funds to support his search for his younger brother Tom, who went missing in 2003. For the event at the Saatchi Gallery, Moore brought on board artists such as Damien Hirst and Jake and Dinos Chapman to create artworks from life-sized Star Wars stormtrooper helmets, pictures of which were then showcased for four weeks across billboards on an entire platform of Regent’s Park underground station. Now in its sixth year, Art Wars splashes down at Mark Hix’s Tramshed restaurant in east London for two months from March 29, with new helmets created by artists including Joana Vasconcelos and the Parisian street artist Blek le Rat. A minimum of 50 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of the helmets will go to Missing People, a UK charity dedicated to bringing missing children and adults back to their families, and to the Missing Tom Fund.

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