Lucasfilm Archives, Death Star II
Skywalker Ranch, 2006/2007
94, 9 x 113,9 x 3,2 cm
plate: 16,6 x 11,4 cm
Lucasfilm Archives was built in 1991 to preserve the artifacts used in the making
of writer, director and producer George Lucas's films. The collection, housed at
Skywalker Ranch, includes props, costumes and set pieces from some of the highest
grossing films in the history of cinema, including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones
franchises. 95 percent of Skywalker Ranch is subject to a deed of gift to Marin
Agricultural Land Trust and dedicated to open space.
In Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Death Star II is seen as a mirror image
(flipped). Here it is pictured in its true orientation. Death Star II measures 51 x 27
x 51in. and has a painted acrylic façade with photo-etched brass detailing. Within the
context of the films, Death Star II is a deep space battle station used by the Galactic
Empire measuring 160 kilometers in diameter, outfitted with turbolasers, tractor
beams and a superlaser which has the ability to annihilate planets and civilizations.
The original Death Star was destroyed by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode IV
A New Hope. Despite vastly improved shielding and targeting systems, the second
Death Star was also destroyed, by Lando Calrissian and his co-pilot.
Inv. Nr. 2007/65
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
Acquired with funding from the Grunelius-Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main
© Taryn Simon
Photo: Axel Schneider