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3D Death Star Art Painted Under Bridge

Friday, October 9, 2015

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It’s that moment when Luke Skywalker ignores his computer and uses The Force to take down the Death Star, all while flying his X-Wing seamlessly through a tight trench while the Imperial Fleet is hot on his tail.

But the onlookers aren’t fans packed into a late-night showing of Star Wars, and the year isn’t 1977.

Star Wars fans had the opportunity recently to see a 49-foot, 3D rendition of the climactic event, which was painted underneath Southwark Bridge in London. The bridge—and the artwork—are close to London Bridge station and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater on Bankside, according to communications service BT Group.

According to Yahoo! News UK, the artwork was created by world-renown artists 3D Joe and Max to mark the launch of a new computer game called Star Wars Rise Against the Empire. The game, according to the online news source, allows players to use characters from the film to overthrow the evil Galactic Empire.

Complete with sound effects, the artwork was made in conjunction with game-maker Disney Infinity and was made available last week to the thousands of commuters who walk under the bridge every day, Yahoo! said.

The artists, according to their website, have created high-profile 3D art around the world. Their client list, in addition to Disney, includes Google, Reebok, Save the Children and Coca-Cola. Some of 3D Joe and Max’s other creations are available in the artists’ online gallery.

Although artist Max Lowry died in 2010, artist Joe Hill continues to create the pavement scenes.

In a 2013 article in the Daily Mail, a spokeswoman for the artists said 3D Joe usually uses chalk to map out his designs and then fills in the anamorphic pavement creations with paint. The end result is an illusion that makes the art appear as though it is being seen through a camera’s lens.

“Sometimes an intricately detailed large-scale drawing can take up to seven days to complete, sometimes longer depending on the weather,” Lucy Pratt told the newspaper.

According to multiple reports, the Death Star artwork was open to the public through Oct. 2.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Color + Design; Europe; Graffiti; Murals; Murals

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