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October 31, 2018 -- India is set to unveil the world's tallest statue in Gujarat state. Designed to be a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a hero in India’s independence struggle, the gargantuan “Statue of Unity” stands 182 metres high, nearly twice as tall as New York’s Statue of Liberty.
The bronze-clad statue has cost $430m and is seen as a pet project of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Patel, known as India’s “Iron Man,” has become a right-wing icon for Hindu nationalists.
Ironically, the bronze cladding for the Patel statue was shipped from China because Indian foundries lack the expertise and equipment to go this big.
The statue is being assembled by around 4,000 labourers working around the clock.
There will be a viewing gallery some 153m up, near the chest of the statue. A museum and audiovisual gallery underneath the statue will showcase Patel’s life story and his contributions to India’s independence struggle.
The Statue of Unity is not the only one that is waiting to break records. A new statue dedicated to a famous Maharashtrian warrior, Shivaji, is being built in the Arabian ocean, just off the coast of Mumbai.
Set to reach a height of 212 meters, this new statue could upstage Modi's dream project.
- Statue of Unity
- Statue of Unity: The inner story of how the giant stands tall (India Today)
- Sardar Patel’s Statue of Unity (Financial Express)
- India's new Statue of Unity, now the world's tallest, is four times as big as the Statue of Liberty (National Post)
- India prepares to inaugurate the world's tallest statue (CNN)