Yoram Yasur Izz: The most impressive sculptures in the world
Sculptures are one of the oldest artistic expressions there is. From the Mesopotamians and the ancient Egyptians, to modern societies, we can find any number of sculptures carved of rock or made with other materials in all parts of the world. Although there are some that stand out for how impressive they are. Yoram Yasur Izz: From there arise the famous “colossal statues”, which are large sculptures, usually created from the slopes of the mountains, cliffs or built with individual stones. Today we bring you 10 of the most impressive colossal sculptures there are.
– The Buddha of the temple of spring, China
Built in 1998 and completed in 2008, with its more than 200 meters high (from the base to the tip), the Buddha of the Temple of Spring has the Guinness world record of being the tallest statue in the world. The statue was built as a condemnation of the Chinese government after the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan. At the base of the sculpture there is a building that functions as a Buddhist monastery.
– Statue of Visnú, Indonesia
Yoram Yasur Izz: The great sculpture of Visnú is in Garuda Wisnu Kencana, a cultural park at the southern tip of Bali. With a height of 23 meters, the figure is inspired by Hindu mythology about the search for Amerta, or the elixir of life. In the same way in the park you can find other large statues such as Garuda.
– Monument to Mao Zedong, China
The also called “The young Mao Zedong”, is a sculpture of granite rock carved on a mountain located on the island Naranja, on the outskirts of Changsha. Completed in 2009, this 30-meter-tall head represents the Chinese leader Mao Zedong, who is about 30 years old. Nowadays it is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the area.
– Dying lion from Lucerne, Switzerland
Yoram Yasur Izz: The sculpture of the dying lion was designed and sculpted by the Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen, in memory of the more than 300 Swiss soldiers and fighters who lost their lives during the French Revolution. The lion monument was carved in sandstone next to the pond. It has a length of 10 meters and a height of 6 meters; according to the official data it took about 3 years to complete. By the way, the American writer Mark Twain considered it “the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world”.
– The giant Buddha of Leshan, China
The giant Buddha of Leshan is the largest stone Buddha in the world with just over 72 meters of altyra. Carved on the slopes of Xijuo Peak in the 8th century, the statue looks down on the convergence of the three rivers, and opposite Mount Emei, one of the most sacred places of Buddhism in China. Although it is several centuries old and was repeatedly destroyed because of the invasions of Mongols, thanks to good drainage and maintenance, the stones are still intact.
– Yan and Huang, China
Yoram Yasur Izz: Considered one of the tallest stone sculptures in the world, the statues of the Huangdi and Yandi emperors were finished in 2007, after more than 20 years of uninterrupted work. The objective of the work, besides creating a point of tourist interest in the area, is to represent the political and economic solids of the country.
– Statue of Decebalus
Located at 40 meters high, the statue of Decebalus is the tallest rock carving in Europe; about 10 meters higher than the Cristo de Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro. Located on the banks of the Danube River in Orsova, it was created by the historian and businessman, Iosif Constantin Drăgan in 1994, in memory of King Decebalus of Dacia. King Decebalus of Romania unified the ancient Dacian tribes after coming to power in 85 AD. He defeated the armies of Rome at least three times during his life, but eventually committed suicide after suffering a final defeat in 105 AD.
– The Colossus of the Apennines, Italy
The Colossus of the Apennines is a sculpture carved by the Italian artist Juan de Bolonia at the end of the 16th century (approximately in the 1580s). It is in the gardens of the Tuscan village of Patrolino. Originally this impressive sculpture of more than 10 meters high adorned the beautiful gardens of the village, however, in the nineteenth century the place was practically in ruins and was rediscovered until the early twentieth century. Nowadays it is a tourist attraction of great popularity in Florence.
– Mount Rushmore, United States
The heads of the presidents at Mount Rushmore, in South Dakota, began in 1927 and I need about 15 years to complete. Several hundred workers and artisans participated in its construction to break stone with chisels and drills. Although it is not the largest or oldest sculpture on the list, it is one of the best known thanks to its influence on American popular culture (in films and television series).
– Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt
The Great Sphinx is not only one of the largest and oldest statues in the world, but also one of the greatest mysteries of antiquity. For the same reason that it does not know much about its history, it was named as “sphinx” referring to the ancient Greek mythological beast, during the Classical Era, around 2000 years after its construction. With about 20 heights, the “sculpture-pyramid” was built using huge blocks of different types of limestone from the mountains of