27 Feb 2015 2:37 AM +00:00 UTC

Japanese Army Brigade Builds 50-Ft Star Wars Sculptures Out of Snow

The member of the 11th Brigade of the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force have built an astonishing 50 ft (15 m) tall and 75 ft (23 m) wide, Star Wars snow sculpture featuring Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, and TIE Fighters. The sculpture was built for the annual Sapporo Snow Festival and took 3,500 tons of snow and about a month to make. 

Photograph by Lucasfilm Ltd

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According to Quartz, the Japanese military has been participating in the Sapporo Snow Festival since 1955 and considers the process of building large sculptures a training exercise. 

The creation was approved by Lucasfilm in anticipation of the new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens in theaters on December 18, 2015. 

[via QuartzMy Modern MetSapporo Snow Festival]  Photograph above by Lucasfilm Ltd