"TURNING THE DARK SIDE ONTO THE ART SIDE"
Art Wars is an art collective that was founded in 2007 when artist / entrepreneur Ben Moore teamed up with Andrew Ainsworth the creator of the original storm trooper.
The name Art Wars is part inspired from the conflict and struggle for ownership over one of the biggest icons of modern culture, The StormTrooper.
In July 2011 Ainsworth won a court case against LucasFilm over the ownership and copyright of the design, allowing this project to continue.
When exhibiting his art Moore does not always take the conventional route, and has staged performance art as the pink stormtrooper in street demonstration / riots including a "stormtrooper strip tease" in front of hundreds of amused demonstrators in parliament square, December 2010. On 2nd April 2009, The day of the G20 summit when the city banking sector were instructed not to wear suits into work Moore chose to attend the demonstration in the city wearing a bright pink tailored suit designed for him by Marc Wallace complete with pink brogues, tie and Pink storm trooper helmet. Images of the Pink suited stormtrooper went viral and became synonymous with the G20 demo and one of Art Wars most famous installations. Other notable exhibits include "Trojan Whore" featuring the Pink StormTrooper at the Tate Modern. With the support of Art Below, Art Wars is often showcased on billboard space in the London Underground, and has also featured on billboard space in Berlin and New Orleans.
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'CHANGING OF THE GUARD' 2008