The huge swords that span Saddam Hussein's old parade ground in Baghdad were built by the former Iraqi leader as a symbol of his battles with the Iranians during the 1980s.
Now a young American artist, Michael Rakowitz, has been investigating the connection between the monument and the movie Star Wars, and he has an exhibition at the Tate Modern in London.
David Hannah reports.
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