Published On: Mon, Jun 12th, 2017

Bali Designing $ 100 Mn World’s Largest Statue

Bali Designing $ 100 Mn World’s Largest Statue: – Bali Designing $ 100 Mn World’s Largest Statue The enormous copper and brass sculpture of the Hindu god Vishnu astride the mythical bird Garuda will complete its construction by next September. Happening to be the world’s biggest statue, the $ 100 million project is being handled by the sculptor Nyoman Nuarta.

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.

Garuda’s shape is so complex that engineers have designed special joints in the supporting structure, with up to 11 enormous steel girders coming together at the same point. Normal construction joints have four or six girders.

The construction chief said that repairs will be done from inside the statue. They will build a catwalk to fix the statue from the inside so when there is a damage, the statue will be cut out to be fixed from the inside.l

The statue is being built by Mr. Nyoman’s team in Bandung, on the island of Java. It was made in wax, then fibreglass, then copper, then brass, then cut up and driven by truck to Bali for final installation.

Mr. Nyoman, who is Balinese said that the project is important for the island. Bali thrives from tourism and culture. If their culture isn’t developed it will disappear one day. So they have three responsibilities: to preserve the culture, develop it, and find new alternative cultures.

Construction Chief Apul Sihotang said that they have designed this statue to last for the next 100 years. They had wind tunnel tests in Canada, where they calculated the maximum velocity of the wind which will happen in 100 years. They have anticipated the wind velocity.

Strong winds are slowing the installation of the copper and bronze panels – the crane cannot operate if the wind blows more than 10 knots.

Mr.Gede said that culture is a big thing for their country and their civilization. Their country may not be equal in terms of technology, or economy but in the culture they are equal.

He added that the latest and greatest masterpiece that this nation has is Borobudur. After that old generation, this nation never produced such creativity again. In the global community, they underestimate us because of the violence here. Thus it is their goal to build something grand for their children and grand-children, for their generation and for the world.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana is about 75 meters high – 120m which is about 30m higher than the Statue of Liberty, off New York. But Liberty is tall and thin, while Garuda is almost as wide as it is high – its wingspan is 64m.

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