Being a firm of creatives, we dabble in all things design, including that of public art design. With a few exciting public art projects coming up here at distinctive, we loved seeing the unveiling of the world’s largest statue last week on the Sadhu-Bet Island, in the Narmada district of India
The ‘Statue of Unity’ which has been designed in collaboration with Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MGA&D) reaches a total height of 182 meters, twice the height of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue depicts Sardar Patel, a leader and statesman who is credited as being ‘the architect of independent India’ after unifying the countries diverse states to build one republic.
Foundations for the statue were laid on October 31st 2013, and completed almost 5 years later, to the day. The statue structure comprises two composite concrete cylindrical cones, which have been semi-joined. A viewing gallery is present, at a height of 152 metres, providing views of the Sardar Sarovar dam below, as well as the nearby mountain range.
Along with the statue itself, MGA&D have also designed roadways, a garden, and most noted a full visitor centre. The designed visitor centre works as a museum like tribute Sardar Patel, displaying memories and moments of his life, and later works as a social leader before he passed away in 1950.
‘the statue will stand high, not just in meters and feet, but much more in terms of academic, historical, national and spiritual values,’says prime minister narendra modi. ‘my vision is to develop the place as a source of inspiration for ages to come.’