For seven days in February, tourists from around the world gather in Odori Park, Japan to attend the Sapporo Snow Festival where some of the world’s largest snow and ice sculptures are built.
This year, one of the most astonishing feats accomplished comes courtesy of the Japanese army troopers, who built a staggering Star Wars snow sculpture that includes some of the most recognizable and beloved characters from Star Wars lore.
Manning several bulldozers, the 11th Brigade of the Ground Self-Defense Forces “moved 3,500 tons of snow to create an enormous, 23 meter wide, 15 meter tall piece of art.” Approved by Lucas Film Ltd, this snow sculpture features Darth Vader, three stormtroopers, a pair of TIE fighters and the Death Star looming behind them in all its menace and portent of doom.
The Sapporo Snow Festival attracts more than 2 million visitors and features more than 200 snow and ice sculptures. Check out the following images courtesy of roving Instagrammers who just couldn’t help themselves in the face of such Star Wars awesome.