Darth Vader Sculpture Replaces Soviet Leader Lenin in Ukraine’s Odessa
A statue of Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine’s Odessa has been converted into a monument to Darth Vader — the city’s response to a law requiring the eradication of Communist Party symbols.
The Lenin statue was destined to be dismantled, but instead, Odessa — a Black Sea port city renowned for its cultural diversity and flippant sense of humor — chose to transform the monument, unveiling the new Darth Vader statue Friday, local Dumskaya.net news portal reported.
“The first monument on planet Earth to the Sith Lord, the supreme commander of the Imperial Fleet, Darth Vader, has appeared in Odessa,” Dumskaya.net said in its report.
The Darth Vader likeness, created by renowned Odessa sculptor Alexander Milov, maintains the classic pose struck by Lenin in Soviet-era monuments, with the left hand clenched into a fist and bent at the elbow in front of the chest.
Lenin’s head has been replaced with Darth Vader’s iconic helmet, and the Soviet Union founder’s overcoat has been lengthened to become Darth Vader’s cape.