Russia is not too popular in Ukraine these days — what with the whole situation in the east and all — and thus statues of Vladimir Lenin and other communist icons are out of fashion.
BUT WAIT. Rather than tear down the statue, Ukrainian artist Alexander Milov — who built this piece at Burning Man this year — saw ~opportunity~. In the dark materials of Lenin, he had a vision of a place far, far away, from a long time ago.
The result is this magnificent piece of work. Oh, and by the way, it's more machine than man at this point — it reportedly has a Wi-Fi router installed inside the head.
This isn't the first run-in with the Dark Lord of the Sith inside of Ukraine in recent years. A man calling himself Darth Alekseyevich Vader ran for president with the Ukrainian Internet Party last year.
Dumskaya is a Ukrainian website. A previous version of this story incorrectly labeled it as a Russian website.