Well holy crap, look at this 500-foot, €260 million statue envisioned for Greece.
For the full, totally-epic-mind-blowing effect, check out a video put together by the design team (stick with it until 0:50):
If you haven’t fainted, here are the details: this proposed statue would be a reimagining of the Colossus of Rhodes, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. A depiction of the sun god Helios, the Colossus stood on the island of Rhodes for about 60 years before it was destroyed by an earthquake.
It stood about 100-feet-tall, a fifth the size of the proposed contemporary Colossus. The team behind the new statue are basing their design off of renderings of the ancient figure, which shows Helios straddling a harbor entrance to Rhodes, although it likely stood with both feet on one pedestal.
The project team writes:
The project doesn’t want to present again a copy of the original structure, 4o meters tall, made of bronze, but to make the visitor shiver and feel the same identical emotions that his ancestors felt looking at it for the first time, more than 2200 years ago.
Some “unique and original” elements planned for the new Colossus include covering it entirely in solar panels for some reason (although I like that idea for a statue of a sun god, even more so because they didn’t milk the connection at all in their project description).
The statue is not ambitious in design only. The project team hopes it will help fix the Greek economy, like a one-project Works Progress Administration.
“Our target is to create several new job positions and to create a ‘domino effect’ for the local economy,” they write in their mission statement. “The total expense is about 240-260 million euros, with a prevision of over 30 million euros per year in incomes. The financial support won’t lean on the [Greek] inhabitants.”
Instead, the argue, the money could come from sponsorships from Greek and foreign institutions and/or an international crowdfunding campaign. Designers say that “the main model in planning” was Antoni Gaudi, who collected individual donations for La Sagrada Familia – which, by the way, is the end-all-be-all of Well Holy Crap Look At This.
Hat tip to Hyperallergic for making me aware of this project.