Whether or not you think that this is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars would depend on how big of a Star Wars fan you are. The snow sculpture is roughly 15 meters high, 23 meters wide and is made from 3,500 tons of snow. It was built over the course of a month by the 11th Brigade of the Ground Self-Defense Forces for the 66th annual Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan. It’s one of over 200 sculptures on exhibit at the festival.
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Regardless of how you would feel about the military spending nearly a month building a Star Wars snow sculpture, you have to admit that it is rather impressive. In fact, this entry is Lucasfilm approved.
Maybe next year they should build the Rebel base on Hoth.