Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue – The magnificent sculpture of Indonesian civilization stands in Kuta Selatan

The statue located in Gurita Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park. It was designed by Balinese artist Nyoman Nuarta and inaugurated in 2018. The total height of the monument, including the 46-meter base pedestal is 121 meters.

The statue is made of copper and brass sheeting, with a stainless steel frame and skeleton, as well as a steel and concrete core column. The sculpture sits atop a building base which will function as a museum, and viewing gallery / Image source

The tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Indonesia is inspired by a story that finds its roots in Hinduism about Garuda’s search for Amrita, the elixir of life. According to this story, Garuda agreed to be ridden by Vishnu in return for the right to use the elixir to liberate his enslaved mother.

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