Most science fiction nerds are counting down the days until Star Wars Episode IX hit theaters, which will likely put a bow on the franchise’s latest trilogy. Unfortunately, the film’s premier is still about nine months away but, if you’re a Star Wars mega-fan, you celebrate the other films everyday.
One fan has taken his love of the franchise to a whole other level. Hubert Zitt, a German professor who is widely known for fascinating lectures on Star Wars, Star Trek and other science fiction films, recently decided to turn one of his facilities into R2-D2, the round white and blue trash-can-looking robot that sarcastically speaks in beeps and boops. Zitt transformed the University of Kaiserslautern, turning Zweibrücken Observatory of the Natural Science Association into a humongous version of the droid.
He did so with the help of master painter Klaus Ruffing and several student volunteers. It was done months ago but several recent posts to social media and small feature write-ups have helped the Star Wars art gain traction, though it was a tweet by one of the film’s stars that really showed it off to the world. Late last week, Mark Hamill, who portrayed Luke Skywalker in the films, tweeted out an article from Laughing Squid that highlighted Zitt’s massive accomplishment. He’s always on top of the latest Star Wars news.
Within just a few hours, Hamill’s tweet racked up over 1,100 retweets and more than 8,000 likes. Hamill even got a response back from the university, cordially inviting him to come and see the giant R2-D2 in person. The observatory garnered so much notoriety, we wouldn’t be surprised if Star Wars super-fans from all over the world made the pilgrimage to Germany to get their picture with the newest piece of what could possibly become folklore. Hopefully the observatory will hold a May the 4th celebration.
Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time someone has done something like this to a massive building. Back in 2010, the Godsell Observatory at Carleton College in Minnesota also turned the building into the infamous droid.