Soviet-era statue of Vladimir Lenin transforms into Darth Vader: report

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Sculpture of Soviet leader transformed into Darth Vader.

The monument, located in the compound of an Odessa factory, was modified by artist, designer and animator Oleksandr Milov, and made its debut on October 22. A Soviet-era statue of Vladimir Lenin in Odessa was transformed into a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Darth Vader (r.), according to local news site Dumskaya.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. Until recently, the statue faced demolition as part of a “decommunisation” process, which has seen symbols of the countries’ communist past systematically effaced. “After the de-communisation law was adopted earlier this year, we had to decide what to do with the monument [of Lenin],” Mr Milov explained, the ABC reports. 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.

For many Ukrainians, Lenin is a symbol of Russian’s totalitarian reign, which officially came to an end with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. 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. Last year, a number of political candidates dressed as Darth Vader during their campaigns for the mayorships of Odessa and the country’s capital, Kiev. The imposing “Star Wars”-inspired statue stands outside of a factory where workers had asked that the outgoing sculpture be redesigned rather than destroyed.

Mr Milov purportedly has plans to install a WiFi router in the Sith lord’s head, so that he can “communicate with other Siths” – a tongue-in-cheek reference to Vader’s telepathic abilities. But instead of knocking this one down, Milov (a sculptor who also had a piece at Burning Man) encased Lenin in an alloy which is glued to the old statue.

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