Lost in space... York farmer pays maze tribute to Star Wars

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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IT would seem to be a case of maize the force be with you.

Farmer and avid Star Wars fan Tom Pearcy has carved a giant image of some of the original characters from the sci-fi saga into his field of maize plants near York to mark the 40th anniversary of the famous film franchise.

Covering an area of more than 15 acres, this year’s York Maze design is believed to be the world’s biggest Star Wars fan art ever created.

Mr Pearcy said: “As a child I was captivated by the Star Wars story George Lucas created, and wanted to do something out of this world to mark the 40th anniversary.

“There are so many iconic characters featured in the movies, but there just isn’t space in my maize field to feature them all. One of the hardest decisions in designing the maze was who to leave out.”

The design of this year’s maze features images of Darth Vader, Han Solo, C-3PO and Chewbacca as well as the Death Star.

Previous designs have included Roald Dahl characters last year and Thunderbird 2 in 2015, as well Big Ben in 2005 and Flying Scotsman in 2004. The maze will be open to visitors from today until September 4.