GARUDA WISNU KENCANA
Where: Bukit Ungasan, Badung, Bali Height: 121 metres (46m base, 75m statue) Erected: September 22, 2018
Creator: Nyoman Nuarta
Located near Bali’s airport, this is the tallest statue in Indonesia. It is the 14th tallest statue in the world and becomes the third-tallest if its base is counted. It depicts the Hindu deity Vishnu riding the mythical Garuda bird. The statue was designed in 1990 with the backing of then-tourism minister Joop Ave. Construction commenced in 1997 and took 21 years to complete because of funding and engineering problems. The Garuda’s tail was the last of 754 parts erected. The project involved 120 sculptors and cost Rp450 billion (US$29.6 million). The statue has a concrete and steel skeleton, covered in 3,000 tons of bronze. The individual pieces were made in Bandung, West Java. The statue is said to be earthquake proof. Maintenance or repairs can be done via an internal staircase.