The Dark Side has established itself in Odessa, Ukraine.
A statue of Vladimir Lenin, brutal leader of the Bolshevik Revolution and key figure in the creation of the Soviet Union, was converted into a statue of Darth Vader in response to a law requiring local governments to remove communist and Nazi symbols and names. Alexander Milov, a Ukrainian sculptor who made his mark in the art world at the Burning Man festival this year, was behind the statue’s transformation.
“I wanted to make a symbol of American pop culture which appears to be more durable than the Soviet ideal,” Milov told the BBC. Milov also mentioned that he would rather move all of the communist statues to a place like Disneyland where they could be observed than destroy the history of the area.
The statue would have been torn down in compliance with the law, but instead Milov fitted a titanium alloy cape and a WiFi-wired helmet onto the Sith Lord. The original bronze Lenin statue was left inside, “so that the grateful or not–so–grateful descendants could exhume him, if needed,” Milov told Ukraine Today.
This isn’t Odessa residents’ first brush with Darth Vader references. The Star Wars villain is also listed as the main candidate of the Internet Party of Ukraine in the city’s Oct. 25 mayoral elections.