YOUTH ADVANCEMENT MONUMENT
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.