Tallest and Smallest - Statues


Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath clears plan for 221-metre statue of Lord Ram; to be the world's tallest


The UP government, led by its CM Yogi Adityanath, has approved building what will become the largest statue in the world. The statue of Lord Ram will be made of bronze and will stand at 151 m height in addition to a 50 m pedestal and 20 m umbrella ("chattra") held above his head. The government has, however, not divulged other details like its location, cost of construction or source of the funding.   


The Tallest

Currently, the world's tallest statue is the recently inaugurated Statue of Unity near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat. Standing at 182 metres, it beats the previous record holder, China's spring temple Buddha, by 31m. Cast in the image of freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the statue was built at a cost of nearly Rs. 3,000 crore. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is Independent India's first Deputy Prime Minister and had a big role to play in the unification of hundreds of princely states to form the modern political boundary of India. The Statue of Unity is an enlarged version of his statue at the Ahmedabad International Airport.

The design for the statue is by Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar and was selected by a team of historians, artists, and academics. Once the design of the model was approved, a detailed 3D-scan was produced which formed the basis for the bronze cladding cast in a foundry in China. The statue is built to withstand winds of up to 220 kilometres per hour (140 mph) and earthquakes measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale which are at a depth of 10 km and within a radius of 12 km of the statue. The statue also houses within it 5 zones which include a museum, mezzanine, elevators and a viewing gallery which can accommodate 200 people at 153 feet. Over 128,000 tourists visited the statue in 11 days since it was opened to the public on November 1, 2018


The Smallest

The smallest statue in the world was named Trust and created by UK based artist, engineer and entrepreneur, Jonty Hurwitz. The piece measured just 80 x 100 x 30 micrometres (1 micrometre is one-millionth of a meter) and was 3D-printed using a special technique known as multiphoton lithography under very controlled conditions. 'Trust' depicts a woman posing in the nude (the 3-D image fed to the printer having been generated using 200 cameras), and was inspired by the artist’s first love 27 years after they met. The sculpture was smaller than a human hair and could have been comfortably placed on the head of an ant.

Hurwitz specialises in nano-sized art and some of the pieces are so small that they can only be viewed through an electron microscope. Trust had been called “the smallest creation of the human form in history”, and described as a “nano sculpture about trust” by the creator himself. It was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records in February 2015 as the smallest sculpture based on a real person. Unfortunately, while taking an electron microscope picture of 'Trust', the statue was destroyed by the technician in charge. Only a smudged fingerprint was found where the smallest statue in the history of humanity had been. 

Athul Krishna A is an ardent fan of everything DC, everything fantasy and everything sci-fi. You can read short stories written by him at YourStoryClub. Currently pursing a B.Tech degree from College of Engineering Trivandrum. He can be reached at athulkrishnaa@gmail.com

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