Empire Peaks is a phenomenal, Star Wars meets pop culture, collection of hand-carved action figures. This collection by Michael Leavitt, features Star Wars characters mashed up with pop-culture icons of varying degrees of fame and infamy. Included among them are Martin Luther King Jr., Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Mohatma Ghandi, Kim Jong Il, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie and many others.
Take a peak at Empire Peaks:
Leavitt describes his collection-
“With Baby Boomer parents, GenXers nursed on commercial enterprises and bucolic, nuclear comforts. We learned to want cheap plastic objects and fed on our parents’ generational guilt. In a culture of learned consumerism, buying toys was our new medium of love. Empire Peaks fulfills the gluttony of a generation. Capitalism fills desire and demand. Culture, for better or worse, thrives under growth. From religious redemption to material objects, mass coveting is the driving force. Whether political, intellectual or cultural, figurehead stars guide the rise and fall of respective dynasties. Some empires begin with a protest or rebellion. Many are built by greed and ambition. These same forces cause empires to topple. Power corrupts. Rebellion becomes conformity. One empire falls. Another rises to repeat the mistakes of its predecessor. Antiquity replaces modernity and the cycle continues.”
Isn’t this an amazing and thought-provoking work of art?