Awesome: Sculpture of Soviet leader transformed into Darth Vader
Sculptor Alexander Milov transformed a long-standing statue of Vladimir Lenin in Odessa, Ukraine, into the leader of another Evil Empire: Darth Vader.
The original statue was ordered destroyed under the country’s new decommunization law, but workers at a nearby factory requested that the statue be redesigned. Milov added a helmet and cape made of titanium alloy.
In 2014, the leader of the Ukrainian Internet Party ran for mayor of Odessa under the name Darth Vader — and even sported the movie villain’s guise. Chewbacca serves as the party’s press secretary, while Princess Lea works as head of the credentials commission. This year, Vader is vying for prime minister of Ukraine, a candidacy supported by more than 25,000 signatures.