A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….
At SWG Inc, we commonly hear our customers say how the SWG in our brand is just like Star Wars Galaxies (SWG). With the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the world is seemingly obsessed with Star Wars and that obsession is now entering the wireless world. When the Ukraine country passed decommunisation laws, forcing the removal of all Communist symbolism, officials in Odessa decided to give a statue of Lenin a makeover – a major makeover.
Ukrainian artist Alexander Milov took the statue over to the Dark Side by taking the statue of Vladimir Lenin and turning it into a WiFi-transmitting Darth Vader made of a titanium alloy. The WiFi router is conveniently located in Darth Vader’s helmet and delivers free Wi-Fi to the area around the Sith Lord. ” Luke, I am your Wi-Fi”.
“I wanted to make a symbol of American pop culture which appears to be more durable than the Soviet ideal,” Milov told BBC.
While Odessa’s Darth Vader Wi-Fi statue may be unique it is not the first of its kind. Nikola Tesla, one of the most influential inventors of the 20th century and arguably the true “Father of Wireless”, spent his life working with electricity and dreamed of the possibility of wireless communication. Although he died about 30 years before the first call was made on a wireless phone, his work is invaluable to the technology available today. What could be a more fitting tribute to this man than a statue in his likeness that is equipped with free Wi-Fi.
Standing at Tesla’s actual height of 6’2″, the bronze statue sculpted by Terry Guyer features Tesla holding a giant wireless light bulb. In addition to providing complimentary Wi-Fi to those visiting its new home in Silicon Valley, the statue also houses a time capsule to be opened on January 7, 2043—the 100th anniversary of Tesla’s death.