Star Wars junkie Mark Dermul has a pretty sweet job: he leads tours through different locations in North Africa that are featured in the films. On a 2010 trip to Tunisia — er, Tatooine — he and his cohort realised that Luke Skywalker's boyhood home was in serious disrepair. NPR reports how they brought it back to life.
Dermul put out a call to Star Wars fans all over the world via Facebook for what they called the "Save Lars Project". They raised more than $US11,000 to restore the strange desert igloo hut. But in 2011 the Tunisian government was rocked by the Arab Spring, so the restoration process was put on hold and only just took place this year over eight days in late May and early June. Go check out all of the images of the restoration in progress at the Save Lars Project website. [Save Lars Project via NPR via Architizer]
Images: Save Lars Project