YOUTH AD­VANCE­MENT MON­U­MENT

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Lo­cal name: Patung Pe­muda Mem­ban­gun Where: Jalan Sudirman, South Jakarta Height: 24.9 me­tres

Erected: March 1972

Cre­ators: Imam Su­pardi, Munir Pa­muncak

This mem­o­rable statue’s nu­mer­ous nick­names in­clude the Mad Waiter, Pizza Guy and Hot Hands Harry. It is not one of Sukarno’s Soviet-style mon­u­ments, but was or­dered by Suharto to inspire In­done­sian youths to par­tic­i­pate in na­tional de­vel­op­ment. The near-naked man is shout­ing while his mus­cles strain as he holds aloft a flam­ing plat­ter. The flames sym­bol­ise the eter­nal spirit of youth. De­signed by a group of sculp­tors called the Bureau of Ar­chi­tec­ture Art En­gi­neers, it was built over July 1971 to March 1972. Funded by state oil com­pany Per­tam­ina, the statue was pre­sented to Jakarta to cel­e­brate the city’s 445th an­niver­sary. It is made from steel-framed con­crete coated with ter­razzo. Lo­cated at Se­nayan round­about on the bor­der of Cen­tral and South Jakarta, it caused headaches for en­gi­neers build­ing the city’s long-awaited MRT sys­tem. Steel frames and gird­ers had to be erected in

2015 to keep the statue up­right while the sub­way was con­structed.

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