If you live in London, I’m fairly sure you’ll have seen atleast one of the 250 elephants placed around the capital this summer, each one individually designed and crafted by various artists and designers including Jack Vetriano, Matthew Williamson and Jeff Hoare. With a host of celebrity supporters and arguably faultless PR, the Elephant Parade has proved to extremely succcessful in raising awareness. In fact, after a recent auction, a grand total of £70,000 was raised towards the charity ElephantFamily.org.
Another similar project that delves slightly more into the dark side of art is ‘The Vadar Project’. Again, 100 artists and designers customized replicas of the Darth Vader helmet transforming the mask of the menacing villain into individual works of art.
Unlike the elephants though, this exhibition has been touring for 4 years and is soon to come to an end in Freeman’s Auction House in Philedelphia. Curated and produced by Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys, the Vader Project is on view at Freeman’s from July 5-9, followed by the auction on July 10. The show also includes a vibrant limited-edition catalog featuring full-color photographs of each helmet.