A statue of former Russian leader Vladimir Lenin has been transformed into Darth Vader in the Ukraine.

Residents of Odessa where the Lenin statue resides, decided it was “time for new heroes,” according to Russian news agency TASS.

Apparently, even the rule of the Galactic Empire is preferable to communism.

Locals enlisted the help of sculptor Alexander Milov to cast the new sculpture over the existing statue. Apparently, it even houses a Wi-Fi router with free access.

That’s how the Dark Side gets you.

Actually, the statue was created in response to a new Ukrainian law designed to erase reminders of their communist past. Although lord Vader might seem like a bad guy replacing a bad guy, remember he totally repented at the end of Return of the Jedi.

Before the official reveal on Friday, check out more photos of the brand new statue after the break.

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I know some people may ask sculptor Sebastian Kucharski why he made a Star Wars AT-ST sculpture that’s 8 1/2 feet-tall and weighs over 400 pounds, but we all know the answer—because it’s frickin’ badass.

Kucharski made this work of art out of recycled metal and machine parts. If you live in Poland and you have $4k, you can actually buy it. You know, for your garden or something.

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Artist James Doran Webb is the driftwood sculptor behind this massive dragon. It sits perched on a (Photoshopped?) gazebo to watch over the garden like the most badass scarecrow ever.

See Also: These Mini Dragons Cling To Your Fingers And Ears

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Iron Man is an effective superhero, but Iron Panda looks like he would be unstoppable. For one thing, he’s nearly 20 feet tall. He’s also adorable.

The sculpture is the work of artist Bi Heng and it is on display at the K11 art mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. It’s part of an exhibition showcasing the work of 100 new Asian artists with 70 works on display at the mall until July 6th.

See more pictures over at Supertouch.

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These insects are a lot less creepy to look at than the real thing. Julie Alice Chappell is a Portsmouth, UK-based artist who uses bits from old computers and even game consoles to create gorgeous high-tech bugs. According to My Modern Met:

Through her series, called Computer Component Bugs, the artist hopes to raise awareness of environmental waste. “The recycled bits of cultural refuse that are woven throughout my work represent a direct encounter with the excesses of modern living highlighting the dangers of planned obsolescence and e-waste in the environment. The work displays an aesthetic beauty whilst offering a socio-political discourse, attempting to reclaim waste and the destruction of the natural world, in the beauty of visual art.”

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These sculptures are both beautiful and eerie at the same time. They’re the work of artist Ellen Jewett who blends plants and animals into sculptures. She calls her work “natural history surrealist sculpture” and it not only involves a blending of different aspects of nature, but a blending of materials. She strives to use locally-sourced materials combined with negative space to create her works of art.

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These look like fluid forms but they’re actually static fibonacci sculptures created by John Edmark. By syncing the rate at which the sculptures spin to the shutter speed of the camera, it looks as thought they’re alive:

These are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The placement of the appendages is determined by the same method nature uses in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotation speed is synchronized to the strobe so that one flash occurs every time the sculpture turns 137.5º—the golden angle. If you count the number of spirals on any of these sculptures you will find that they are always Fibonacci numbers.

For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed (1/4000 sec) in order to freeze the spinning sculpture.

It’s absolutely mesmerizing and will have you hitting that play button over and over as you try to figure out just what is really in front of your eyes.

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If a narwhal is magical good luck, and a unicorn is magical good luck, then just how much magical good luck do you get when you combine the two?

Such is the question that Los Angeles’s artistic couple Kozyndan set out to answer with this sculpture entitled “Rainbow Magic”.

Crafted in cooperation with Pretty In Plastic, this resin sculpture is a blue and green unicorn inside a clear narwhal with both sharing a single brightly colored horn. You can even buy one for your home if you’re willing to spend $1500. That’s really expensive, but we’re thinking you’re much more likely to hit the lotto if you own it.

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This fantastically detailed sculpture of Doom II‘s final level was created by artist Jason Hite. He made it from old circuit boards, bits of action figures, and all sorts of random stuff. Now it’s going up for sale for $6K. Jason talked about the design process on his blog, saying:

Over the years, I have collected circuit boards from computers and odd devices. The panel on the right of the demon’s head was sitting in a cardboard box in the back of my YMCA getting rained on, before I “liberated” it. The guns are from the Quake action figures by ReSaurus Toys that came out back in 1998. At least they are accosted with Doom. I would have loved to make a BFG, and still might do so, but I ran out of time. I’m actually kind of surprised that no one has made one by now. The Doom Guy figure and zombie behind the Cyberdemon are slightly augmented from HorrorClix figures…and the dozen bullets are dummy .30 ammo that is epoxied them tightly into the piece.

It will be on display in Santa Monica, California at the Copro National Gallery where you’ll also be able to buy it if you’ve got the cash.

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If you have access to scrap metal, why not give it a second life by turning it into art? That’s just what Old Steel Art in Thailand does, and they’ve created everything from Transformers to Thor to this amazing Hulk from leftover metal pieces. I can’t get over how detailed the Hulk sculpture is – there are folds in the fabric and you can see muscles and veins on his skin. He looks gigantic, and I can’t imagine how he’ll be moved when/if he’s sold. Maybe they can build a Helicarrier to transport him.

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