Sci-fi and iconography meet again, this time in a Star Wars mash-up that presents Jedi masters, droids and Sith Lords as saintly figures.
Chawakarn Khongprasert, the Thailand-based artist who created the following icons as a school project, exploited the fact that the Star Wars characters are venerated by many sci-fi addicts… ehm, I mean aficionados. This series comes after another set of icons I wrote about not long ago, which depicted sci-fi female characters as saints.
The first icon illustrates R2-D2 projecting a hologram of Princess Leia, while C3-PO and Saint Luke Skywalker are paying attention to what the hologram has to say.
This is not the first time I see Darth Vader as a sacred figure. A while back, I posted on one of my Pinterest boards a picture of the Sith Lord as a prelate. However, this does not mean that the artist who created these lacks originality. As someone rightfully pointed out on Chawakarn Khongprasert’s DeviantArt page, the Palpatines are definitely a nice touch.
Next, we have Luke training at Dagobah, a fictional planet that was featured both in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Besides Luke, R2-D2 and Darth Vader, which were present in the previous icons, too, another important Star Wars character makes an appearance in this one: Jedi Master Yoda.
The Battle of Hoth may be recorded by the fans as a black page in the Star Wars saga, since the Galactic Empire came out victorious on that occasion, but this did not stop the artist from creating yet another awesome icon. This one features Chewbacca, Han Solo and a couple of AT-AT Walkers.
The Chosen One concept has been used time and time again in various sci-fi and fantasy films (Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Matrix), but fans do not seem to get tired of this. Of course, in the last icon of the series, there is a clear analogy between Anakin Skywalker and the Christian Messiah. If I were to choose, I’d pick the former, even though Anakin later was turned into Darth Vader. I apologize for the spoilers, if you haven’t watched the movies yet. At the same time, I am compelled to ask you: have you been living in a cave in the last few decades?
It is nice to see that Chawakarn Khongprasert decided to use characters from both the old and the new movies of George Lucas. This way, not only the adults who liked the old episodes of the saga are kept satisfied, but also the kids who might find the newer ones more attractive.