World’s Largest Statue Opens in India
Last updated on November 6th, 2018 at 10:32 am
The world’s largest statue has just opened to the public in India. Standing at a mammoth 182 metres tall, the Statue of Unity in Gujarat state was created by Michael Graves Architecture and Design and is four times the size of the Statue of Liberty.
Designed by Indian sculptor Ram V Sutar, the Statue of Unity has finally be unveiled to the public. Made from scrap metal collected from around the country and clad in bronze, the monument is nearly 50 storeys tall and along with its three-level base measures in at 240 metres, making it the world’s tallest statue.
The sculpture depicts founding father of the Republic of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Patel, who was born in the Gujarat area, played a pivotal role in India’s fight for independence and united the country after it was freed from British colonial rule in 1947.
The statue took four years to build and required a total of 210,000 cubic metres of cement, 25,000 tonnes of steel and 1,700 tonnes of bronze. Estimates suggest the total cost of the build reached 29.8 billion rupees (around £314 million).
Reinforced with steel to control sway in high winds and during earthquakes, the Statue of Unity opened over the weekend with lifts taking visitors up to a 153-metre-high viewing platform. The attraction will be able to cater for 15,000 tourists a day and also features an exhibition hall, a memorial garden and guests lodgings at the base of the statue.
Though the Statue of Unity is currently the world’s tallest statue, it won’t be holding the title for long; a 212-metre high statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji is due to open off the coast of Mumbai in 2020.
Earlier this year, the RMJM-designed Lakhta Centre in St Petersburg, Russia became Europe’s tallest building, beating the previous tallest building, Moscow’s Federation Tower, by a mammoth 89 metres.