The construction actually started since about a month ago, as shown through the Safety Prayer ceremony held back then. These latest images show that the foundation of the statue has been prepared, and many structures are being constructed close to the statue, which will be used to ready the different components of the statue for the step-by-step assembly.
We followed through a series of progress reports on the construction of the statue when it was first displayed at Shiokaze Park in Odaiba last year. ^^ You might find that some of the images below look really familiar to the images a year ago, on how the statue was erected. ^^
The statue will be on display from July 24th this year till January 10th, 2011. It will feature a beam saber held by its right hand, something new not seen at Shiokaze Park last year.
More details can be seen in this previous posting.
Images are from Eddie Tachikawa's Diary of Surf & Business and Buloblog.