The set design and world building in the Star Wars saga is second to none. Elaborate histories and intricately detailed sets come together damn near perfectly. Though the beloved characters are the heart of the franchise, but you can’t sell a manufactured sci-fi universe without the details being spot on, and George Lucas, for all his faults, was great at this. One artist and modeler in the UK has taken that attention to detail, to the little things, and transposed the to a different world, the art of making painstaking dioramas based on the various Star Wars sets.
This work comes from Carl “Boutros77” BouMansour, and it’s rather incredible. He’s recreated, not all, but a ton of the iconic moments from the Holy Trilogy (there’s nothing from the prequels, thankfully), with excruciating specificity. If you need proof, just look at the texture on the walls in the Cantina scene photos, it looks like something you would see on actual walls.
These pictures are just a random selection, a few highlights if you will. If you have some extra time you’re not doing anything with, you should really spend some of it exploring BouMansour’s Flickr account, where all of his creations are extensively catalogued and recorded. Make sure that you have a while to kill, however, because it isn’t hard to get lost in here and wander around for a while. And there’s also sections devoted to Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which are also topics near and dear to my heart.
This kind of fan art always impresses me because I have absolutely zero artistic ability. If I can string a few random words together and happen to form sentences, I’m doing pretty well. Detail and devotion like this, is a hallmark of true devotion and dedication, and after you spend a while gawking at these picture, you can’t help but walk away a little awed.
With all of the recent news about new films and TV shows, Star Wars talk is everywhere. J.J. Abrams is hard at work putting together Episode VII, stand alone features are in the works, the animated Star Wars: Rebels hits the airwaves later this year, and it’s almost a full time job to keep up with all of the random casting rumors and bits of hearsay that seem to pop up on a daily basis. But that’s okay, because we’re talking about Star Wars, and the prospect of a glut of new material to obsess over is an exciting one indeed.