Japan’s 66th annual Sapporo Snow Festival started today, and what might look like a random pile of snow actually features Darth Vader, his three stormtroopers and TIE fighters. This masterpiece was created by Japan’s 11th Brigade of the Ground Self-Defense Forces using a set of bulldozers over the span of a month, moving the 3,500-tons of snow required to create this enormous, 23 meter wide, 15 meter tall piece of art. It was approved by Lucas Film Ltd and is great way to promote their upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens to boot. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
“The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of Japan’s largest winter events, attracting more than 2 million visitors a year. The week-long event showcases more than 200 sculptures made of ice and snow. Lucky for us, Instagrammers have already flocked to the site, snapping these great photos of the Star Wars snow sculpture for all of us to see. As one Instagrammer writes, “This huge Star Wars sculpture is completely made from snow,” according to My Modern Met.