The force is strong in Odessa, Ukraine.
A statue of communist leader Vladimir Lenin has been transformed into a monument to “Star Wars” icon Darth Vader by sculptor Alexander Milov.
The shrine is a result of Ukraine’s recently passed bill banning communist propaganda in the country’s monuments and street names. While most communist relics will be removed or destroyed, this particular Lenin statue has been repurposed.
“The bronze Lenin was left inside, so that the grateful or not-so-grateful descendants could exhume him, if needed,” Milov is quoted as saying by Ukraine Today.
Local website Dumskaya shared photos of the newly erected art piece, which now sports black paint and a WiFi-emitting Vader helmet. Fans dressed as storm troopers and Vader attended the monument’s opening ceremony on Friday.
The sculptor hopes that “Star Wars” devotees will flock to the monument and boost Odessa’s tourism. Based on the recent advanced ticket sales data for “The Force Awakens,” perhaps Milov should focus on targeting adult males around age 34.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” bows in theaters Dec. 18, 2015. See the trailer for the latest installment, directed by J.J. Abrams and starring John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Daisy Ridley, here.