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The Nation Prides with the World’s Tallest Statue: Statue of Unity

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The Nation Prides with the World’s Tallest Statue: Statue of Unity

The Nation Prides with the World’s Tallest Statue: Statue of Unity a 182-meter-high monument created by Michael Graves Architecture and Design, which is four times the size of the Statue of Liberty, which has been officially inaugurated in Gujarat state, India. The construction was started on 31 October 2014 and completed in mid-October 2018. It was designed by Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar, and was dedicated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31 October 2018, the 143rd anniversary of Patel’s birth. The Statue of Unity is a statue of Indian statesman and founding father Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875–1950) in the Narmada district of Gujarat, India. It is the world’s tallest statue, with a height of 182 metres (597 ft) or about four times as tall as the Statue of Liberty. Vallabhbhai Patel was one of the most prominent leaders of the Indian independence movement, and the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. The statue is on a river-island facing the Narmada Dam (also called the Sardar Sarovar dam) near Rajpipla, 100 kilometres southeast of the city of Vadodara.

The Nation Prides with the World's Tallest Statue: Statue of Unity
The Nation Prides with the World’s Tallest Statue: Statue of Unity

The Statue of Unity is nearly 50 stories 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 210,000 cubic meters of cement, 25,000 tonnes of steel and 1,700 tonnes of bronze and cost 29.8 billion rupees (£314 million), estimated the Guardian. The project was first announced on 7 October 2010. The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) was established by the Gujarat government for construction of the statue.[11] A drive named the Statue of Unity Movement was started to support the construction of the statue. It helped collect the iron needed for the statue by asking Indian farmers to donate their used farming instruments. Ultimately, 5,000 tonnes (4,900 long tons; 5,500 short tons) of iron were collected. Although it was initially intended for the statue, it was later decided that the collected iron would instead be used for other parts of the project.

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 on 3 November 2018.The towering sculpture depicts the founding father of the Republic of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Patel, who was born in Gujarat, was a key player in India’s struggle for independence and instrumental in uniting it as one nation after the country freed itself from British colonial rule in 1947. One of the challenges was to create the statue in the walking pose while balancing the programmatic layout and function of the building’s core and structure. Luckily, Sardar Patel wore a traditional Indian dhoti of draped fabric, which allowed our team to design the elevator towers in a staggered fashion while giving the proper external appearance,” he added. “However, with sandal-clad feet and exposed ankles, the statue is thinner at the base than at upper levels, the opposite of what is typically done.

Two reinforced concrete cores containing the lifts form the centre of the statue, with two mass dampeners at chest height to control the sway in high winds and protect the statue during earthquakes. A steel space frame is attached to this core, from which the 22,000 square meters of individually formed bronze panels creating the sculpture’s shape were hung. The sculpture’s “skin” weighs over 2,000 tons. Along with the world’s tallest statue, the complex includes an exhibition hall in the base of the statue-topped by a memorial garden, a visitor centre and guest lodgings, a pedestrian and road bridge connecting the statue’s river island to the mainland, and a 2-mile road to the town of Kevadia. “Part of the innovations of this project included the dynamic design and installation process which in essence celebrated the unity of India,” said Wisniewski. Scrap iron was collected from around the country, in reference to Patel’s nickname of India’s “Iron Man”. Earth was also collected from all the country’s states and districts to form a rammed earth wall backdrop to the flag, and the base, visitor centre and landscaping uses locally quarried stone.

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