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With time, many of us stop paying attention to the things around us, but on first sight, we're often taken aback by the majesty of certain statues and monuments. So, take a moment to share (or vote for) some of your favorite statues. Let's see if Lady Liberty can keep first place, or if something as "cutting edge" as Mr. PG gives her a run for her money.
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Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian triangle. The island is a special territory of Chile. Easter Island is famous for its monumental statues, called moai (IPA: /ˈmoʊ.аɪ/), created by the Rapanui people. It is a world heritage site with much of the island protected within the Rapa Nui National Park. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Island
The Statue of Liberty, officially known as Liberty Enlightening the World, was presented to the United States by "the people of France" in 1886. Standing on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, it welcomes visitors, immigrants, and returning Americans traveling by ship. The copper-clad statue, dedicated on October 28, 1886, commemorates the centennial of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence and was given to the United States to represent the friendship established during the American Revolution. Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi sculpted the statue and obtained a U.S. patent for its structure. Maurice Koechlin - chief engineer of Gustave Eiffel's engineering company and designer of the Eiffel Tower - engineered the internal structure. Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was responsible for the choice of copper in the statue's construction and adoption of the repoussé technique, where a malleable metal is hammered on the reverse side.
Statue of Christ the Redeemer is a large Art Deco-style statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue stands 38 m (125 feet) tall and is located at the peak of the 710-m (2330-foot) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park, overlooking the city.
As well as being a potent symbol of Christianity, the statue has become an icon of the city, its open arms seen by many as a testament to the warmth of the Brazilian people.
Colossal statue on the Mamayev Kurgan heights overlooking Volgograd, "The Motherland calls" used 7900 tons of concrete and steel in a dramatic sculpture design by Yevgeny Vuchetich. Motherland is the name of several huge statues in various cities of the former Soviet Union. All of them commemorate the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War (World War II).
For scale, note the person at the base of the statue.
Mr. PG (Mr. Prince George) is a sight to behold. Measuring 8.138 metres tall, the mascot is situated at the junction of highway 97 and highway 16. Originally created in 1960 as a symbol of the importance of the wood industry in the city, the wood version started to rot. As such a newer iteration was fabricated in 1983. It is now made of fiberglass and sheet metal. (I’m unsure of what this symbolizes.) http://www.city.pg.bc.ca/pages/mrpg/
Kiev's statue of the Motherland, also a memorial of the Great Patriotic War (World War II) in Kiev, Ukraine. The statue itself is 62 meters tall, the overall height is 102 meters.
The God of Longevity, also called the Old Man Star, is one of the three gods in Chinese fable, namely, the God of Luck, God of High Rank and God of Longevity. In the Chinese folks' view, they are common auspicious figures, among which the image of the God of Longevity is a whitebeard with a projecting forehead, holding a staff on one hand and a Lucid Ganoderma on the other. Articles symbolizing longevity such as deer, crane and peach are usually painted on the picture of the God of Longevity.
Atop the Minnesota state capitol building, St Paul, MN.
"Progress of the State" at the Minnesota State Capitol is unique for being entirely covered in gold leaf, and is situated above a building entrance rather than a triumphal arch. It was sculpted by Daniel Chester French and Edward Clark Potter and put in place in 1906. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadriga
The Freemont Troll lives under the northernmost section of the I-99 bridge (Aurora Bridge) across Lake Washington. The huge sculpture holds an actual Volkswagon Beetle in its hand. He's been there since 1990 when Seattle area artists Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter and Ross Whitehead created him for the Fremont Arts Council. He's pretty rad. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2236
The second highest statue in the world is located in China and its of two ancient Yellow Chinese emperors Huangdi and Yandi. Its height is 103 meters.
Tsereteli's 96-meter-tall statue of Peter the Great on the Moskva Riverbank, Moscow is one of the tallest in the world. The statue cost $20 million to build.
The Leshan Giant Buddha is a statue of Maitreya in sitting posture. The Buddha is located to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province, at the confluence of three rivers, namely, Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. The statue makes itself the most renowned scenic spot in Leshan City. Begun in the year 713 in the Tang Dynasty, and finished in the year 803, the statue took people more than 90 years to carve. As the biggest carved stone Buddha in the world, Leshan Giant Buddha is featured in poetry, song and story. Facing the river, the Buddha has symmetrical posture and looks which have been beautifully captured in its solemn stillness. It is 71 meters (233 feet).
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