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Imperial Art Appreciation: Purple

Imperial Art Appreciation: Purple

Posted to Flickr on 08 August 2009. Part of the Stormtroopers series.

"Purple is the next color topic in your Art Appreciation text, cadets."

"Symbolically, purple has many interpretations: nobility, wisdom, flamboyance, and mystery are some examples. It is a color often used in celebration and ceremony, such as purple wine, purple passion flowers, and purple awards given to honored warriors."

"And of course, purple is a symbol used by who would oppose the Empire. On many worlds old royalty, symbolized by the color purple, funds and aids the rebel scum. At one time the headquarters of the resistance was located on the planet Dantooine, a world known for its purple grasslands. Among rebel spies a "Code Purple" means that Imperial forces have found them. And I believe … now, Headmaster, please correct me if I’m wrong … but wasn’t the first purple lightsaber wielded by an old Jedi knight? Yes, I think that’s accurate."

"Generally speaking, the Empire doesn’t trust the color purple."

Today’s lesson: Our enemies get all of the really cool colors. Darn it!

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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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