In 2009 Ben Moore took a Stormtrooper helmet and suit made by Star Wars prop maker Andrew Ainsworth and made it pink and in doing so created the world’s first ever Pink Stormtrooper.
Staged performance art as the Pink Stormtrooper in street demonstration / riots including a “Stormtrooper Strip Tease” in front of hundreds of amused demonstrators in parliament square, December 2010. On 2nd April 2009, The day of the G20 Summit when the city banking sector were instructed not to wear suits into work Moore chose to attend the demonstration in the city wearing a bright pink tailored suit designed for him by Marc Wallace complete with pink brogues, tie and Pink Stormtrooper helmet. Images of the Pink suited Stormtrooper went viral and became synonymous with the G20 demo and one of Art Wars most notorious installations. Other notable exhibits include “Trojan Whore” featuring the Pink StormTrooper at the Tate Modern. With the support of Art Below, Art Wars is often showcased on billboard space in the London Underground, and has also featured on billboard space in Berlin and New Orleans.
Damien Hirst says of Art Wars: “I saw a cartoon where a Stormtrooper is sat in a chair with his head in his hands looking depressed with a thought bubble coming out if his head saying “those were the droids we were looking for”. So many people today can find that funny and it really shows you how massively all encompassing and ubiquitous Star Wars is.”
Various performances and installations can be viewed on artwars.net and include ‘Tate Storm’ 2008 where Moore entered the Tate Modern and stood uninterrupted for over 4 hours convincing visitors and staff that he was a piece of sculpture.
TATE STORM: Pink Storm trooper installation at Tate Modern, 2009
Pink Storm Trooper Strip Tease outside Houses of Parliament, 2011
The Beginning of Pink Storm, 2013
The Ceremony of The Official Pink Stormtrooper of Sweden, April 2015
Storm Trooper PaintBall battle by Art Wars featuring Pink Storm, 2013
Pink Storm Trooper Strip Tease outside Houses of Parliament, 2011. (Edit 2)
Art Wars: The Art of Star Wars | Canvas, 2016
ASS-TV Art Wars East private view at HIX ART, 2018 (Featuring Pink Storm)
Pink StormTrooper at G20 Demos. London. April 2009
Pink Storm in Berlin 2010
In 2009 Ben Moore was given a full-size Stormtrooper armour and helmet made by Star Wars prop maker Andrew Ainsworth. He decided to paint it pink and in doing so created the world’s first ever Pink Stormtrooper.
From that moment on Moore used the Pink Stormtrooper as a vehicle for making art and over the following years carried out various performances and installations including: ‘Tate Storm’ in 2009 at Tate Modern, and ‘Stormtrooper striptease’ outside the Houses of Parliament in 2010. The Pink Stormtrooper has been photographed and filmed in various public demonstrations in London and Berlin, some of these have escalated into full-scale riots – creating a vibrant backdrop for dramatic performance art. The Pink Stormtrooper has appeared on billboard space around the world including London, Berlin and Los Angeles, supported by Art Below.
In his practice Moore plans to unleash multiple Pink Stormtroopers around the world. In effect he wants to build a potential army of licensed performers to make art with, as well as them making their own performance pieces whilst being the official Pink Stormtrooper (PS) of their own country.