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World’s Tallest Statue Unveiled in India

Friday 2 November 2018

MUMBAI (Guardian) — A 182-metre-high monument created by Michael Graves Architecture and Design, which is four times the size of the Statue of Liberty, has been officially inaugurated in Gujarat state, India.

Statue of Unity

The Statue of Unity is nearly 50 storeys tall, and together with its three-level base measures 240 metres, making it the world’s tallest statue. Designed by Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar, the statue was made from scrap metal collected from around the country and is clad in bronze that will patina over time.

The structure, which took four years to build, required a total of 210,000 m³ of cement, 25,000 tonnes of steel and 1,700 tonnes of bronze and cost 29.8 bln rupees ($408 mln), estimated the Guardian.

Lifts going up to a 153-metre-high viewing platform will be able to transport up to 15,000 tourists a day when the attraction opens tomorrow, on 3 November 2018.


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