About Garuda Wisnu Kencana
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue
The main attraction of GWK Cultural Park is the gigantic statue of Garuda Wisnu which is intended to be one of the tallest and largest modern day sculptures. Combined with its pedestal, the statue is planned to reach 120 meters in height with wings span 64 meters across.
The daunting task of assembling such a sculpture was entrusted to one of Indonesia’s most reputable sculptors, I Nyoman Nuarta, whose fame in art creations started when he won the Presidential Scuplture Competition for Indonesia’s Procalamation of Independence Statue back in 1979. He is responsible to create the large-scaled monument of Garuda Wisnu Kencana, which illustrates God Wisnu sitting on the mythical bird of Garuda. Furthermore, the word Kencana refers to gold layering some core parts of the statue, including the crowns worn by the bird of Garuda and God Wisnu.
From his workshop in Bandung, West Java, Mr. Nuarta designs and carves the statue into several parts, consisting of 24 segments and formed with 754 modules made of copper and brass coated patina acid. The segments are being transported to Bali, until now.
The location of the GWK statue stands on the highest place of Southern Bali. GWK statue is designed to be one of the world’s biggest and highest monumental statues in the world. The monument itself consists of two parts. The main statue, which is made of approximately 3000 tons of copper and several other smaller statues such as the crown and Garuda’s accessories that will be coated with gold mosaic. The second part is a 30,000-square-meter pedestal built on a 10,000 square meter of land. Inside the pedestal will be several facilities such as multifunction ballroom to be utilized for international conference and also some galleries to exhibit the Indonesian cultural art creations.
The statue and its pedestal will be surrounded by more than 60-ha of Cultural Park. It will provide attractions for both local and foreign visitors with supporting facilities such as Lotus Pond, Wisnu Plaza, Amphitheater, Street Theater, Jendela Bali Restaurant, New Beranda Restaurant and Souvenir shops.
GWK Cultural Park aims to educate, especially the future generations about the importance of preserving and cultivating world’s cultural heritage.