star wars fans transform observatory into giant R2-D2

star wars fans transform observatory into giant R2-D2

lovers of the epic space opera franchise can now watch the real star wars inside a colossal R2-D2 thanks to german super fan hubert zitt. along with master painter klaus ruffing and a handful of helpful students, the german physics professor painted the zweibrück observatory to look like the astromech droid.

star wars fans transform observatory into giant R2-D2

images via hochschule kaiserslautern unless stated otherwise



zitt recruited the small team of people to transform the dome-topped observatory of the university where he lectures on science fiction, namely star wars and star trek – of course. together they repainted the structure which possessed the perfect shape of the fictional character.


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whilst work on the observatory was completed in september 2018, the building is only now starting to catch attention. star wars actor mark hamill tweeted about it on friday with the caption, ‘r2-d2 observatory transformed germans into giant nerds.’

star wars fans transform observatory into giant R2-D2



this is not the first time an observatory has been subject to the star wars treatment because of its fitting shape. the goodsell observatory at carleton college in minnesota, was done up to look like R2-D2 in 2010 too.

star wars fans transform observatory into giant R2-D2

star wars fans transform observatory into giant R2-D2

star wars fans transform observatory into giant R2-D2

image via @ferwen04


project info


project lead: hubert zitt

location: germany

site: university of kaiserslautern 

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