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Imperial Art Appreciation: Blue

Imperial Art Appreciation: Blue

Posted to Flickr on 07 August 2009. Part of the Stormtroopers series.

"Chapter five of your Art Appreciation text covers the topic of ‘blue.’ Cadets, let’s talk about this troubling color."

"Blue is color that is more diverse than you might imagine; it can be found everywhere. Many of the Empire’s most beautiful planets have blue skies and therefore blue oceans. What else can we think of? A blue hologram, a blue ribbon, a blue harvest, a blue moon, a blue shadow virus, a blue bird, a blue … well you get the idea. The list is so long, it’s practically endless, and in an orderly world, is that really what we want?"

"The color blue is also one of frustrating contraction. For example, blue is often used to symbolize peace, harmony, and idealism, the sorts of qualities embodied by the great galactic Empire. However, many of the ancient Jedi Order bore blue weapons."

"So … is blue good, or is it bad? This one is hard to call, cadets. I must admit, it’s a bit of a stumper. In that light, my advice to you is this: if you get confused about the color blue, don’t let it get you down."

Today’s lesson: We’re stormtroopers, and we don’t get blue.

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Part of my Stormtroopers and Imperial Art Appreciation series.


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The stormtrooper is the elite soldier of the Imperial forces in the Star Wars universe. They typically wear white armor and helmets and are armed with blasters. Imperial stormtroopers were first depicted in the film Star Wars (1977). As shown in the Star Wars prequels Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), the stormtroopers were preceeded by the clone troopers, an army of soldiers cloned from the bounty hunter Jango Fett and loyal to Emperor Palpatine. In many ways stormtroopers are an iconic symbol of the Galactic Empire.


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