Watch: Star Wars-Loving Family Builds 23-Foot Death Star on Their Roof
Think your house is the ultimate example when it comes to over-the-top Halloween (or Thanksgiving, or Papal, or Christmas, or anything) decorations? Not to burst your bubble, friends from the Northeast Philly or South 13th Street, but one family in Lafayette, California probably would take the top prize this year in any city–hands down.
That’s because Colby Powell and his family constructed a massive Death Star to adorn their home for the Halloween season–and let’s just say they didn’t cut any corners. According to Wired (and the Youtube video after the jump), this puppy spans 23-feet in diameter and is built using some legit materials:
162 Geohub connectors, 2,000 feet of half-inch PVC conduit pipe in six different lengths, 18 cans of paint, LED lights, two T-10 parachutes to cover each half, and a crane to put it into place.
It took three weeks for Powell, a construction worker by trade, to assemble the Death Star, and he said the family plans to have it up until the time the new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, makes it to theaters in mid-December. That’s right, this fantastical battle station will be up through the holiday season, which is appropriate since it also lights up.
The video provides a behind-the-scenes look at the construction and installation process, which again, was done using an actual crane (we simply cannot stress point that enough). We have a sneaking suspicion that Buckminster Fuller would be proud of Powell’s work, and we think you’ll be blown away once you see it lit up in all its glory.
As one commenter on the Youtube video said, our hats off to the neighbors for being cool with it (and to the Powell family, you know, for building a Death Star on their roof).