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Statue to be largest in the world

Discussion in 'Bali News - Indonesia News' started by balinews, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. balinews

    balinews Member

    Feb 14, 2010
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    The world's biggest statue is finally taking shape on a hill overlooking Bali's international airport.

    Twenty-five years and around $100 million in the making, the enormous copper and brass sculpture is of the Hindu god Wisnu astride the mythical bird Garuda.

    [​IMG] Photo: Garuda's concrete and steel skeleton. (ABC News: Adam Harvey)

    After years of planning, re-designs, cash shortages and stop-start construction, sculptor Nyoman Nuarta says the project should be finished next September.

    And the final phase — the fitting of the sculpture's skin to the concrete and steel skeleton — is well underway.

    The copper and brass claws of Garuda are finally gripping an enormous, purpose-built, concrete pedestal.

    It should be relatively straightforward, compared to the complex engineering and fundraising for the private project.

    "I no longer think about making profit from this project but I just want to work and finish this project because this is my dignity — my family's and mine — that's at stake. So it has to be completed," said Mr Nyoman, speaking to the ABC at his workshop in Bandung, on the island of Java.
  2. Markit

    Markit Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2007
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    Wow I think it's really great that a 3rd world country with shitty hospitals, schools and a corrupt legal system can scrape up the money to build a really, really expensive and big statue to someone that nobody has ever seen or will see in the middle of an earthquake zone.

    Seems like a really good idea since I've changed my meds.
    sakumabali and Melati like this.
  3. tintin

    tintin Active Member

    Sep 13, 2005
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    Twenty-five years and around $100 million in the making, and they manage to come up two lousy meters shorter than the 128-meter Vairocana Buddha in Lushan, China!? Couldn't they have added a 2 meters + hat or something on Vishnu's head and, at least, "justify" the time and money expended?
  4. Melati

    Melati Member

    Mar 4, 2017
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    what for? to attract more tourists? who are the sponsors? people from Jakarta? how it could benefit to the locals?

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