April 8, 2019

GERMANY: The Zweibrück Observatory of the Natural Science Association Building Transformed To Look Like R2-D2 Star Wars Theme. So Cool 😍👍

The Local, Germany
written by Staff
Wednesday March 27, 2019

Hubert Zitt, an electrotechnology professor at the Zweibrücken University of Applied Sciences in Rhineland-Palatinate, is known for giving his lectures a science fiction feel.

For decades Zitt has discussed the real-life possibilities of science fiction technology and how they could be achieved.

He came to international prominence by discussing the potential for beaming and warp-drive technologies in his class “The Physics of Star Trek” at universities and science fiction conventions around the globe.

Thinking that he needed to bring a little science fiction flavour to the observatory, he got together a team of painters - including his father and several of his students.

The tower’s transformation actually took place in late 2018, but it has only recently gone viral in the American media.

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill gave professor Zitt a shoutout on Twitter, thanking him for turning Germans into “Giant Nerds”.
Hamill’s predictions seem to be coming to fruition, with Star Wars fans from around the world travelling to the small town on the French border to get their own slice of viral fame.

written by Genevieve Scarano
Wednesday March 27, 2019

A group of Star Wars enthusiasts transformed a German observatory into a massive R2-D2, and the end result is an intergalactic masterpiece.

Hubert Zitt, a physics professor and Star Wars fan, worked with painter Klaus Ruffing and some students to repaint the Zweibrück Observatory of the Natural Science Association, which is located in Zweibrücken, Germany, to resemble the famous astromech droid, Designboom reported. The team completed the paint redesign in September 2018, and many Star Wars junkies have visited the quirky structure.

The R2-D2-inspired observatory recently caught the attention of Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, who recently posted about the cool building on Twitter. “R2-D2 observatory transformed Germans into giant nerds,” Hamill quoted in the Twitter post, which has received more than 8,000 likes.

Before, the dome-topped observatory was a dull white shade, however, Zitt, who holds science fiction lectures at the University of Kaiserslautern, recruited a small team of people to redesign the building into the Star Wars character. Curbed noted that the team painted R2-D2’s markings with a cobalt blue color, the building’s roof contains the robot’s eye, and the doors feature his square-shaped buttons.

This isn’t the first R2-D2 structure either: In 2010, Goodsell Observatory in Northfield, Michigan, was temporarily transformed into the astromech droid with a shiny dome decoration and spray-painted fabrics.

If you would like to visit the R2-D2-inspired observatory, you’ll have to go to a galaxy far far away (also known as Germany), but the trip could be worth it if you want to cross this Star Wars landmark off your bucket list.

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