When it came time to do something about Odessa's big ol' Vladimir Lenin statue, one bright artist had an out-of-the-box solution.
"I find your lack of government-controlled industry disturbing."
A local artist came up with a novel alternative for Lenin's demolition: He turned it into Darth Vader. With the simple addition of a helmet and cape, he transformed one of history's darkest villains into, well, one of fictional history's darkest villains. As a bonus, the helmet even doubles as a WiFi hotspot. Star Wars and mobile Internet -- can you think of anything more obscenely capitalist?
It's not entirely clear whether the artist is aware of the insult. His stated motivation was simply to save the statue by any means necessary, and he claims he chose Darth Vader because a bunch of people decided to run for parliament under the names of Star Wars characters, making Darth Vader "a political figure in the Ukraine." You guys all remember your local elections' joke candidates, right? You'd have to be a moron to miss that timely reference. Ideally, he says, he'd like to gather all the statues and move them somewhere where they can receive proper reverence as symbols of his childhood nation that no longer exists. Kind of like Disneyland but for oppressive regimes.
You'd be forgiven if you can't tell if this photo was recently taken in the former Soviet
Eastern Bloc or Main Street, USA.