A long time ago (September 2018) in a galaxy far, far away (Germany), one man decided to give his observatory some extra pizzazz by painting it to look like R2-D2 from Star Wars.
Hubert Zitt, with the help of a small team, transformed the Zweibrück Observatory of the Natural Science Association into an enormous R2-D2. Bored Panda shared:
The sci-fi professor completed the project in September 2018, aided by his father-in-law Horst Helle, the master painter Klaus Ruffing and several helping students and it has caught the eyes of Star Wars fans everywhere. The most notable fan of the re-design was Star Wars actor Mark Hamill who tweeted about it, “R2-D2 Observatory Transformed Germans Into Giant Nerds.”
While he teaches electrotechnology, Dr. Hubert Zitt is also a huge sci-fi fan. Dr. Zitt has a doctorate from Saarland University in systems theory of electrotechnology (which sounds pretty impressive if I say so myself) and is now a tenured professor at the University of Applied Sciences, Kaiserslautern, Zweibrücken.
Having painted my kitchen and study with my wife, I can’t even begin to imagine how much planning had to go into this to get the right dimensions and proportions. I also would have agonized over matching the colors exactly to the point that I never would have gotten it done.
In the fall of 2008, Dr. Zitt became a regular lecturer at the The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas teaching ‘The Physics of Star Trek.’
I think the next one is the coolest one. It looks like a turret on Hoth (sort of)!
It definitely creates opportunities for extremely cool pictures!