Sculpturing started with clay pots and soon developed into an artist’s perception of capturing beauty in larger than life objects. Most of these fascinating colossal figurines are not only magnificent to look at but deep within the hardened layers of their lifeless body is the world history of wars fought, religious deities and legends who were remembered. Now they can be made of different sorts of metal, stone, wood, glass, clay, wax or ceramics. Whatever they are made of, sculptures have stood against time and preserved stories within them. This wouldn’t have been possible without people who captures the real elegance and truth per say while making the sculptures. There are many sculptures in the world but some of them are truly extraordinary.
15. Guishan Guanyin of the Thousand Hands and Eyes, China
Guishan Guanyin is located in Miyin Temple, Hunan, China and is the fourth tallest statue in China and the seventh tallest in the world. Guanyin is renowned for his mercy and sympathy, the thousand hands mean to protect all living creatures and the eyes view over the world. The statue depicts Avalokitesvara (bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas) and is gilded of shining bronze.
14. Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, Mongolia
Located on the banks of Tuul River in Ulaanbataar, this is exactly where Genghis Khan found a golden whip. Constructed on top of Genghis Khan Statue Complex, a visitor center, visitors can walk to the edge of the horse through the statue’s chest and neck for a panoramic view.
13. Lord Shiva Statue, Nepal
The world’s tallest Shiva statue is stationed at Sanga, Nepal. Made of copper, zinc, concrete and steel. A beam of religious harmony and a tourist magnet, this statue has actually brought a lot of fame to the quaint districts of Nepal.
12. Manneken Pis, Brussels
Mannekan Pis means ‘Little man pee’ and is the most visited destinations in Brussels. It is just 61 cm in height and is made of bronze. It is dressed several times in a week in different costumes. The legend says that he is the two year old Duke Godfrey III of Leuvan who urinated on the enemy troops during a battle.
11. Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong
Tucked away behind the lush mountains is Po Lin Monastery in Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Atop the highest point on a budding lotus sits a 34 meters high Big Buddha surrounded by six bronze followers offering flowers, music, fruits, incense, lamp and ointment to the Buddha. The picturesque views of the sea and the mountains makes this one of the most visited places in Hong Kong.
10. The Terrace of the Lions, Greece
Built in the 600 BCE by the people of Naxos in honor of the god Apollo, originally said to have 16 lions but today there are just 5 of them left. The visitors can still stroll down the terrace however they are just marble replicas and the original lions have been moved to a nearby museum. Situated in the Island of Delos, it is a visit only island with no accommodation available.
9. Little Mermaid, Denmark
One of the most iconic statues in the world. Based on the fairy tale Little Mermaid, has been sitting on the rocks of Langeline promenade, Copenhage for the last 104 years. The unimposing statue is just 4 ft tall and is as mesmerizing as it was when it had been posted there,
8. Pieta, Vatican City
The only piece of artwork that Michelangelo ever signed, is a sculpture of Mother Mary holding Jesus after his Crucifixion. Made in the year 1499, perched atop the rock of Golgotha in St. Peter’s Basilica. The history of it is grander than the statue and hence it has millions of art enthusiasts flocking their way to see this Renaissance inspired statue.
7. The Motherland Calls, Russia
The tallest statue of a woman in the world, it was modeled on a local Russian girl and commemorates the Battle of Stalingrad. The 200 steps that lead to the statue symbolizes the days the Battle was fought for. It is not only massive in it’s height but weighs tons and has been shifting due to underground disturbances to self-destruction.
6. Olmec Colossal Heads, Mexico
There are a series of 17 colossal heads made of stone which represent the Olmec Civilization of ancient Mesoamerican. It dates back to 900 BC and are divided among 4 sites on the Gulf Coast of Mexico. These heads brought about fascinating details of a lost culture to light.
5. David Statue, Italy
One of the masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture is another statue created by Michelangelo and is one of the most famous of his works. Standing nude at 17ft, perched on a pedestal at Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence. David is the second king of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah and according to the New Testament is the ancestor of Jesus.
4. The Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt
Made of limestone, this statue of half a lion and head of a human has been on the west bank of Nile, Giza for the last 4,500 years. It is one of the world’s oldest and largest statues but it’s circumstantial existence still astounds Archaeologists around the globe. Standing at 66ft high is the national symbol of Egypt and is the most recognizable in terms of Egyptian history.
3. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
One of the seven wonder’s of the world, Christ the redeemer is an art deco statue mounted on a pedestal over Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio De Janeiro. Standing 700 meters above the ground this 38 meters tall statue overlooks the entire city and is the one place photographers get the best panoramic photos.
2. Statue of Liberty, USA
The most dominating symbol of the New York skyline was a gift from the people of France to the people of US. The statue is of a robed woman as Libertas, the Roman Goddess holding a torch above her head and on her left arm carries a tabula ansata inscribed is ‘ July 4, 1776’. It became an icon of freedom since its dedication in 1886, 93 meters above the ground level it is the most visited place in New York and the most recognizable statue in the world.
1. Spring Temple Buddha, China
The world’s tallest statue stands in the Fodushan Scenic Area in the Zhaocun township of China at 502 ft above ground level. The Buddha is placed on the top of a lotus shaped pedestal which houses a monastery. It is made of 108kg of gold, 3,000 tons of Copper and 15000 tonnes of steel. It takes 365 steps to reach the statue, however there are many more stairs around the whole area. Hike up the quaint town to visit the most peacefully intimidating figure in the world!