|George Lucas, may the creative Force be with you.|
|The show eventually made it to London|
where it left the British equally enthralled.
Those attending who expected to find any kind of traditional art gallery were either disappointed or stunned beyond words. Upon entering, the viewer went down a hallway straight to the Death Star and the disembodied voice of James Earl Jones as Darth Vader. At the end of the hall was a wall-size mural of a galaxy far, far away. Just beyond was Jabba the Hut, a gigantic slug on a rug, and not far away, a Wampa Ice Creature, one of the additions Lucas made in special effects form to the updated re-release of The Empire Strikes Back. It was all rather overwhelming as all around came a bombarded of sights and sounds from the four movies the exhibit celebrated at the time. Music and video clips were interactively available at every turn. Never before had it been so dramatically underlined the interrelatedness of the arts as they are drawn together by the movie industry that today can make "real" what a generation ago couldn't even be imagined. Make that two generations ago, as the Star Wars saga made its mark on an audience that wasn't even born when it first hit the silver screen twenty-two years earlier.
|Star Wars conceptualist and illustrator, Ralph McGuarrie, |
took George Lucas' complex visions to the next level.
|Several of the Star Wars figures as originally conceived by McGuarrie|