Looking back to those days when the statue was about to finish
The giant statue that’s been years in the making at Bali’s Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park is set for its long overdue completion in August 2018.
The statue, rising up 121 meters from the hilly Bukit Peninsula has been specially constructed, taking earthquake resistance into account, says Nyoman Nuarta, the sculptor of the colossal project.
“The pedestal must be able to withstand an 8 Richter scale earthquake, with wind resistance of up to 250 kilometers/hour,”.
The GWK statue, a depiction of the god Wisnu riding the mythological garuda creature, was designed 28 years ago. However, it’s bee a slow journey. Hindu leaders had stood in opposition to the project, afraid the giant statue would disrupt the spiritual balance and they took issue with a sacred symbol being used as a commercial tourist attraction. But the project has been pushed through anyway by those who have argued that it can bring in more tourists and revenue to Bali—with an extra hard shove to get things finished ahead of the big IMF-World Bank meeting set for October 2018 so delegates can dine in the big restaurant.
The complex shape of the wings has made the realization of the 3,000 ton sculpture a bit challenging for his team, says Nuarta.
The statue will sit on a pedestal, or building base, which will function as a restaurant that can serve up to 500 people. There will also be a museum and a viewing gallery which will allow a panoramic vista of the rest of South Bali.
An amazing photo regram from :
📍 "GWK Cultural Park,Bali"
Let's share your amazing moment with @balidaily
🔸Need more interesting information ?
Don't forget to add our offficial Line Account
(don't forget to use @)
Or you can just click the link on our profile🔸