Erecting statues has been a way for humans to honor things for an extremely long time. In fact the earliest known statue, an interpretation of the female form, is dated back to 35,000 years ago. That’s a long time ago. Since then, statues have become a way for us to honor and preserve the memory of important ideas from gods, to kings to important religious figures. China is a land with a rich history, so it’s no surprise that they have quite a few statues honoring a multitude of things. They may have outdone themselves…and everyone else for that matter with their latest statue however. The statue honors the god of war, and it has to be seen to be believed.
The statue was designed by a man named Han Meilin. He is the man responsible for designing the 2008 Beijing Olympic mascots.
The statue is a depiction of Guan Yu, a famous Chinese general who was later deified.
The statue stands 190 feet tall and weighs in at a monumental 1,320 tons!
The statue is so enormous, that there is an 86,000 square foot museum inside of it! That’s huge!
The statue contains over 4,000 strips of bronze, and is situated in Guan Yu Park in Jingzhou, China.
Guan Yu lived during a very turbulent time in China’s history, known as the Three Kingdom’s Period.
The weapon he carries is known as the Green Dragon Crescent Blade. How cool is that!?
This is truly an amazing piece of art. I love that China keeps their heritage alive and well by doing projects like this. The amount of planning that must have gone into making this must have been staggering. We can only hope that statues never come to life, because this guy could do some serious damage.