Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sculpture: Star Wars Snow Sculpture

South Dakota may have Mount Rushmore, but now Sapporo, Japan has Mount Darth Vader. A 50-foot tall Star Wars snow sculpture was created in the city’s Odori Park to celebrate the 66th annual Sapporo Snow Festival. The Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces’ 11th Brigade used bulldozers to move 3,500 tons of snow into a pile that they then carefully crafted into Darth Vader and his Imperial forces, complete with an imposing posse of Storm Troopers and TIE fighters

The massive structure features Vader, a trio of Storm Troopers,  TIE Fighters, and the ominous Death Star. According to a Google-translated story from Yahoo! Japan, the sculpture is approximately 50 feet high, 74 feet wide, and 65 feet deep. and took 2,000 people to complete. According to the festival’s website, “Snow Star Wars” was approved by Lucasfilm, making it the first snow sculpture to be formally endorsed by George Lucas’ production company.

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