There are lots of beautiful, wonderful, cool sculptures and monuments in many countries, but now we’d like to show two that are unique due to their size.
The tallest monument in the world is the statue of Spring Temple Buddha (located in the Zhaocun township of Lushan County, Henan, China).
Plans of the construction of the Spring Temple Buddha were announced soon after the blowing up of the Bamiyan Buddhas by the Taliban in Afghanistan. China has condemned the systematic destruction of the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan.
The statue was erected in 2002 and up now is considered to be the tallest sculpture in the world. It depicts Buddha standing on a giant lotus flower. It is 128 m (420 ft) high, which includes a 20 m (66 ft) lotus throne. When the 25 m (82 ft) pedestal/building it is placed upon is taken into account, the monument has a total height of 153 m (502 ft). As of October 2008, the hill on which the statue stands is being reshaped to form two further pedestals, the upper one being 15 m tall. The total height of the monument is now said to be 208 m.
The world’s smallest monument is so-called Chizhik Pyzhik, an 11-centimeter funny statue of a siskin ?????-????? in St.-Petersburg, Russia.
The sculptor of this miniature masterpiece, the Georgian master Rezo Gabriadze, said of his creation that, “Chizhik Pyzhik helps students to get through unhappy love-affairs and get around on public transport without having tickets.”
Local tradition suggests that anyone who can toss a coin so that it lands on the statue without falling into the water is in line for some good luck. However, the statue itself has not been so fortunate, and has been stolen and resurrected several times.