Statues are symbols of power, wealth, authority and they are also a way to pay tribute to somebody. Some of them are considered wonders of the world due to their size and materials and others have just disappeared in time.
Nowadays statues are not as common as they used to be in the past, because back in the day that was a common way of telling leaders that they’re loved, or the way leaders showed their power.
But don’t be fooled, there are still many statues today and some of them are being built with the same reasons. Maybe people can agree that they are a waste of money now a day, but the truth is that they are still symbols that leaders like to have to be remembered or to show their power.
Kenny Slaught took the time to do a little research on which of the present day, statues are the biggest and the best that represent those leaders and communities or people that really deserve the tribute. Let’s take a look.
The first statue we are talking about is not yet completed. The statue will honor Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first deputy prime minister and it will be called the “Statue of Unity” and it will stand 597 feet high when they finish building this amazing architecture wonder. The construction will take almost 42 months and will be 100 feet taller than the Spring Temple Buddha, which will be sent to second place when this marvel is finished. To get an idea of how big the statue will be, we can compare it to the Statue of Liberty, with the big difference that it is twice its size. To place this huge statue, they will use a small river island which will have views of the Narmada Dam and will allow visitors that go to the an amusement park nearby to visit it and appreciate its glory.
The second statue is the Sendai Daikannon statue that can be found in Sendai, Japan. This one is considered the sixth tallest statue in the whole wide world and it goes up to 100 meters in the sky, roughly 328 feet. The statue features an elevator that takes visitors to the top to appreciate amazing views. The statue represents the Buddhist Bodhisattva Kannon. Also, to cover the sixth place in the world´s tallest statues, we also have the Guishan Guanyin of the Thousand Hands and Eyes in China which is 99 meters tall, almost 325 feet and can be found in the People’s Republic of China.
As for out third statue we have the sculptures of the Emperors Yan and Huang which are 106 meters tall. They represent two Chinese emperors, Yan Di and Huang Di. As for the construction, it took the people 20 years to build them and it was only finished in the year 2007. They can also be found in china in the city of Zhengzhou, the capital of the Henan province. Academics and politicians strongly believe that they represent politics and the economic power china has had throughout history. People think they are made out of vanity but those are just personal appreciations.
For our fourth statue, we travel to mother Russia to take a look at the Peter the Great Statue in the Moskva River and the Vodootvodny Canal in central Moscow. This statue goes up an amazing 98 meters into the air and it came from the brains and designs of the Georgian designer Zurab Tsereteli. His idea was to acknowledge all the hard work the navy has given the country for more than 300 years of service. So, why Peter the great? Well, he was the one that created the navy and that is why the statue represents him. The statue was finished in 1997 and it is considered one of the 10 tallest statues in the world.
Of course, Thailand had to have one of their statues in our list. Back in the day, these were the statues that everybody had to visit because they represented spiritual beliefs. The Great Buddha of Thailand is the tallest statue in Thailand and also included in among the 10 tallest statues of the world. This one is located on the Wat Muang Monastery in the Ang Thong province and it is 92 meters tall and 63 meters wide. It took the people 18 years to build this amazing statue and it was covered in golden paint but made out of cement.
And our last statue will be the statue that is considered the 3rd tallest in the world and that is the Ushiku Daibutsu statue, found in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, in Japan. The statue features a 10 meters base and 10 meters high lotus platform. There is also an elevator to take people to the top.
Be sure to also check this post on the most beautiful museums in the world.