September 23, 2014 – Two years ago (2012), the iconic domed entrance to the Lars homestead – Luke Skywalker’s boyhood home on Tatooine – was in a very sad state of repair. The plaster and stucco-like exterior had crumbled off large sections of the small domed building, exposing the underlying wood beams and support structure to the elements.
George Lucas and his film crew had constructed the set, located in a Tunisian desert, for the original Star Wars (1977) film. It was reconstructed for the prequels and used again in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). Since then, however, the site had been left abandoned, visited only by diehard Star Wars fans and curious tourists making the remote pilgrimmage.
In May, 2010, while leading a small group to visit the government-owned site, super-fan Mark Dermul and his group raised the idea of restoring the crumbling building. They launched an online petition through Facebook and generated over $11,000 to fund the project. A civil revolution in Tunisia beginning in December, 2010, however, temporarily stalled negotiations for a permit until a new government could be formed in October, 2011. By the end of the year, the new Tunisian Government had given the group the green light, and by May, 2012, the group had flown to Tunisia to begin restoration efforts.
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After three days of hard work under the hot Tunisian sun, the group applied a final coat of white paint. Weathering effects will be left to the natural elements.