INDONESIA, July 25, 2013 (Indonesia Travel): After a hiatus of 16 years, work on the colossal Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue on Bali will finally resume and will take three years to complete, said I Nyoman Nuarta, Indonesia's maestro sculptor and creator of Bali's iconic statue. Having been postponed since 1997, this magnificent monument is projected to become an exceptional landmark for Indonesia's tourism in this modern age.
Upon completion, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) statue will be the largest and tallest statue in the world. Depicting Lord Vishnu mounting the mythical Garuda bird, the statue is planned to reach a total height of 413 feet, weighing no less than 3,000 tons. [Actually, the Spring Temple Buddha in China is 420 feet high, so this Garuda will be only the second tallest statue in the world.] The majestic GWK statue will then stand taller than the 305 foot Statue of Liberty in New York, United States.
Placed in the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park - a 593 acre tourism park sited on the Bukit Peninsula, the limestone plateau that faces Uluwatu due west and Nusa Dua due east - the 75 foot high head and torso of Lord Vishnu today already stands in place and is the focal point of the park.
Conceptualized by sculptor, I Nyoman Nuarta, actual work on the statue is, nonetheless, not undertaken in Bali, but in the artist's workshop, NuArt Studio, in the mountain town of Bandung in West Java, involving many artists and experts from various fields to work in this mega project.
The entire project will feature two gigantic statues: the head and half torso of Wisnu (Vishnu), and the full form of the Garuda bird. Together both will be 246 feet high with the Garuda wing span reaching 209 feet wide. Both will then be placed on top of a 197 foot pedestal, and the total structure will then stand 413 feet high. The statue's structure is made of copper, brass, steel, and gold mosaic placed on specified parts.