Statue of Unity: How it is different from other iconic statues of the world
Commemorating the Ironman of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue, known as the Statue of Unity today (on Patel's 143rd birthday) in Narmada, Gujarat.
At 600 feet, the giant memorial that was created within just 33 months and is the tallest statue in the world. The statue that is filled with 1,700 tonnes of bronze and 1,850 tonnes of bronze cladding made up of 565 macro and 6,000 micro panels have been conceptualised as Sardar Patel walking on the Narmada river towards the Sardar Sarovar dam.
The statue has a core that is made up of 210,000 cu.m. of cement concrete, 18,500 tonnes of reinforced steel and 6,500 tonnes of structural steel. Larsen & Toubro, the company that designed and executed the project reportedly deployed a team of over 3,000 workers and 250 engineers to build the statue.
Built at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore, the Statue of Unity is twice the size of the world-famous Statue of Liberty in New York. Here's a look back at the rest of the tall statues around the world.
Christ the Redeemer, Brazil, 38m
Located in Rio de Janeiro, this 30-meter-tall statue stretches its arms 28-meters wide and is identified as a symbol of Christianity around the world. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue weighs 635 metric tons and is located at the peak of the 700-metre Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is made up of reinforced concrete, shielded with a soapstone mosaic of thousands of triangle tiles.
The Motherland Calls, Russia, 85m
To commemorate the sacrifices made by the Soviet troops during World War II in the battle of Stalingrad, this statue stands tall at 85 meters. It is the tallest statue in Europe, the tallest statue of a woman in the world and the tallest freestanding non-religious statue in the world.
Statue of Liberty, United States of America, 93m
The Statue of Liberty in New York was constructed as a symbol of freedom, democracy and liberty. This famous tourist destination became the national monument in 1924. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886.
Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan, 120 m
Ushiku Daibutsu interpreted as ‘Great Buddha in Ushiku’ is a 110-meter-tall statue located in the city of Ushiku in Japan. Entirely made up of bronze, the statue is divided into four different levels. Completed in 1993, it stands a total of 120 metres (390 ft) tall, including the 10 m (33 ft) base and 10m lotus platform. The statue held the record for the tallest statue from 1993–2002. As of 2018, it is one of the top four tallest statues in the world.
Spring Temple Buddha, China, 153m
At 153 metres in height, the Spring Temple Buddha is in Henan, China was the tallest statue of the world until today. The statue comprises 1100 pieces of a copper cast. The statue depicts Vairocana Buddha was built from 1997 to 2008. The Spring Temple Buddha derives its name from the nearby Tianrui hot spring whose water is renowned in the area for its curative properties.