Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Rancho Obi-Wan Announces "Inspired by the Force: Star Wars Fan Artifacts & Art" Book

By: Dominic Jones

Steve Sansweet's legendary Star Wars collection housed a Rancho Obi-Wan in California is about to be commemorated in book form.  Rancho Obi-Wan announced today the first in a new series of books called The Treasures of Rancho Obi-Wan.  The first book, titled Inspired by the Force: Star Wars Fan Artifacts & Art will be feature many of the fan made items in Sansweet's collection.  The book will cost $25 and will be available for pre-order in March and pick up at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.  

Rancho Obi-Wan’s 900-square-foot exhibit at Celebration Anaheim April 16-19 will focus on how Star Wars fans through the years have made their own tremendous contributions to that far-away galaxy, and in commemoration the nonprofit museum will make available a limited print-run book, “Inspired by the Force: Star Wars Fan Artifacts & Art.”

The full-color, hardcover 72-page book will act as an exhibit guide, containing photos and stories of scores of the items on display. Written and photographed by Steve Sansweet and Anne Neumann, with design and layout by Stan Stice, the book is intended to be the first volume in a series, “The Treasures of Rancho Obi-Wan.” It also includes a 4-page centerspread foldout that has hundreds of photos of visitors to Rancho and to our exhibits at past Celebration events.

The new book, with an initial printing of just 1,000 copies, is one of several surprises that Rancho will reveal in the weeks leading up to what many believe will be the largest and most exciting Star Wars fan event ever.

The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience exhibit will feature fan objects and art starting in the late 1970s through today, from an airbrushed van tire cover and hand-tooled leather backgammon board to a Chewbacca tissue box cover and bird house, from amazing art mash-ups based on a print by Goya and a painting by Picasso to bizarre limited edition figurines made by urban artists.

The book will cost $25 and pre-orders for pick-up at Celebration will begin in March on this web site.
Both Steve Sansweet, chairman and CEO of Rancho Obi-Wan, and Anne Neumann, vice president and general manager, will be available at posted hours to sign the new book at no charge.

More exciting news about the Rancho Obi-Wan Experience Exhibit and other Rancho activities will be announced soon.

I have to say this book looks fantastic.  I will definitely be picking up a copy for myself.  I saw the Rancho Obi-Wan display at Celebration Europe in 2013 and it was fantastic.  I can't wait to see what they have in store for Celebration Anaheim!

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