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World's largest statue on track for completion later this year

World's largest statue on trac...
An artist impression of the complete monument due to be finished later in 2018
An artist impression of the complete monument due to be finished later in 2018
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The foundations for the Statue of Unity
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The foundations for the Statue of Unity
The two giant concrete cores of the statue
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The two giant concrete cores of the statue
Another view of the concrete core
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Another view of the concrete core
An artist impression of the Statue of Unity
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An artist impression of the Statue of Unity
A view of the bridge connecting the statue to the mainland
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A view of the bridge connecting the statue to the mainland
The first bronze panel being installed
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The first bronze panel being installed
Bird's eye image of the statue
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Bird's eye image of the statue
An artist impression of the complete monument due to be finished later in 2018
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An artist impression of the complete monument due to be finished later in 2018
An early image showing the huge construction effort
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An early image showing the huge construction effort
The two concrete cores
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The two concrete cores
An artist impression of the statue
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An artist impression of the statue
A height comparison of the statue relative to other big monuments currently standing
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A height comparison of the statue relative to other big monuments currently standing

After more than three years of construction the world's largest statue is on track for an October 2018 opening. The massive Statue of Unity in India is set to tower an extraordinary 600 feet (183 m), almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty.

This massive engineering feat is set to exceed the current record for the world's tallest statue, held by the Spring Temple Buddha in China, which stands at just over 500 feet (153 m) – although, some do argue the Spring Buddha actually stands to a height of over 680 feet (208 m) if the multiple pedestals it stands on are included.

A height comparison of the statue relative to other big monuments currently standing
A height comparison of the statue relative to other big monuments currently standing

The Statue of Unity is designed to be a large memorial for Vallabhbhai "Sardar" Patel, one of the primary figures of India's independence movement in the early 20th century, and often referred to as the "Iron Man of India."

The remarkable project is being built in the Indian state of Gujarat, facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River. The statue is constructed on a river island that will be connected to the mainland via a long bridge. Inside the statue will be a visitor center and museum with a viewing deck built into the chest of the statue.

An artist impression of the Statue of Unity
An artist impression of the Statue of Unity

This first phase of the project is expected to cost around US$460 million, with further phases planned to expand the entire footprint of the development, including a hotel and convention centre. The entire plan is on such a staggering scale that it is the kind of thing you can't believe is being built until you actually see that it's almost complete.

The two giant concrete cores of the statue
The two giant concrete cores of the statue

From an engineering perspective this is also unimaginably massive. The multi-firm consortium managing the design and build includes Turner Construction, best known for project managing the construction of the Burj Khalifa. Over the last couple of the years the two concrete cores of the monument have been successfully built, around which structural steel scaffolding will be erected to support the bronze outer panels that give the statue its shape.

The first bronze panel was recently installed ,bringing the statue into its final phase of construction that will see its true form emerge over the coming months.

The first bronze panel being installed
The first bronze panel being installed

Another district in India is already aiming to steal the record of world's tallest from the Statue of Unity. The Shiv Smarak monument laid its foundation in 2016, with an estimated competition date set for 2021. This extraordinary statue dedicated to a 17th century warrior king is planned to be 690 feet (210 m) high, or a mind-blowing 885 feet (270 m) high if including its gigantic base.

Source: Michael Graves Architecture and Design

8 comments
ChairmanLMAO
is it a statue or a building?
Kaido Tiigisoon
All biggest statues in your graph are peaceful except the one from Russia.
guzmanchinky
No matter how famous I was, I would be mortified to have such a huge statue erected of my likeness.
PaleDale
Yeah that's great, because India doesn't have any more important things to spend US$460 million on...
Nik
I wonder how many Chapati's that expenditure could provide?
fen
All I can think of is the episode of futurma where bender makes a statue of himself so big it reaches out into space. Remember Me!, Remember Me!
xs400
Obviously funded using our taxes! I didn't know the government had so much to spare, every time citizens ask for more street lights, we get the standard response "no funds". And this built by the supporters of Godse, the killer of Mahatma Gandhi!
Bob Stuart
Mangalyaan was impressive. This statue is just political waste. As a tourist, I shall avoid the area.