In his travels across Earth he met a Stormtrooper. A calm and aging old fellow, but nonetheless, still a foot soldier of the Empire's darkness. He was in perfect condition for all the action he'd seen, held great artistic form, and was even marked with a # 26 on his base. Lee purchased the Stormtrooper on auction, and brought him home to share a life in the clock tower. For a time they were happy together.
Then Lee met a woman and moved out of the clock tower. The two were married and it wasn't long before the couple moved to Florida. The Stormtrooper went as well, but he was growing to be just a relic of the past to cart around the planet. Lee's wife refused to let the Stormtrooper out of the basement, and after all that time in the clock tower, the dark basement held little appeal. Lee still appreciated the Stormtrooper and his artistic meaning, but he soon had children and responsibility, and little time to fight for Stormtrooper rights.
After several years, Lee and his wife left Florida and returned to upstate NY. Bringing the Stormtrooper along with them, in a box. However, things were not looking good for the Stormtrooper. On this trip, he was not well cared for. The fool who transported him broke his hand off, and injured his leg. And again, in NY, the Stormtrooper was relegated to the basement of Lee's house, never allowed to see daylight.
Enter David West. David came to simply install a chandelier in Lee's house. The two got to talking about installations and business and the economics of trade. After a little thought, Lee offered David the Stormtrooper as an installation for his funky store, in exchange for David's services fixing up the broken hand and leg. David, a fan of the films, though admittedly not a fanatic, was thrilled to save the Stormtrooper from a life of musty basements. Not to mention the fact that this was one of the most interesting items of funky junk one could come across. Putting this relic in the store would surely speak volumes to all local fans.
The Masonic Temple has sat on that corner for years, empty and untended. Lee's vision? A space for art and art education, for bringing people together to create, and for recreating the building itself. It's the ultimate upcycling project. It has been vacant, in darkness, just like the ignored Stormtrooper, for too long.
So, what's the deal with that Stormtrooper? It's a reminder. It's a wish. It's an opportunity. Mostly though, it's a symbol. Of possibility- Of a new hope.
If an aging, broken down Stormtrooper can be saved from an eternity on the dark side and be offered a chance at a new life, then maybe, just maybe, all the other vacant shells and wacky old junk out there can be redeemed too.