THE GARUDA HAS AR­RIVED

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The much-awaited Garuda Wisnu Ken­cana – more fa­mil­iarly known as the GWK – statue has fi­nally been com­pleted and opened to the pub­lic in Au­gust. The ma­jes­tic pro­ject was started in Au­gust 2013, in­volv­ing an elab­o­rate com­bi­na­tion of in­tri­cate arts and com­plex con­struc­tion. Stand­ing 120.9 me­tres tall on land 276 me­tres above sea level, the GWK statue com­prises 747 mod­ules and 22 steel seg­ments, weigh­ing 900 tons in ad­di­tion to the steel weight of 1,300 tons. Made of cop­per and brass, the statue is also del­i­cately dec­o­rated with a gold mosaic. The statue ex­ceeds the heights Christ the Redeemer, The Mother­land Calls, Lib­erty and Ushiku Daibutsu stat­ues.

The GWK statue is lo­cated within GWK Cul­tural Park, which in­cludes the Ku­rakura Plaza, Plaza Wisnu, Parahyan­gan So­maka Giri, Garuda Plaza, Lo­tus

Pond, Fes­ti­val Park, In­draloka Gar­den and Street Theatre, where vis­i­tors can en­joy nu­mer­ous arts and cul­tural per­for­mances. GWK Cul­tural Park is famed for hold­ing many pres­ti­gious events. Var­i­ous in­ter­est­ing per­for­mances can be viewed daily at the am­phithe­atre, in­clud­ing the iconic Ba­li­nese Ke­cak dance. A film ti­tled Garuda Ci­lik – telling the story of the name­sake crea­ture – is screened at the Garuda Cin­ema. gwk­bali.com

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