A towering statue made of steel and bronze is readying for a fall 2018 debut in India’s westernmost state of Gujarat. As Claire Voon reports for Hyperallergic, the monument, standing 597 feet tall, will be the world’s tallest upon completion.
Dubbed the Unity Statue, the statue honors the country’s first deputy prime minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Patel, fondly known as the “Iron Man of India,” played a key rule in unifying India’s fractitious states into a single, independent country. He died in 1950.
India’s current prime minister Narendra Modi, is the impetus behind the project, according to a press release by Michael Graves Architecture & Design, the company overseeing the design and construction of the statue. Modi, who previously served as Gujarat’s chief minister, has long pushed for such a sculpture, and construction began in earnest after he was elected PM in 2014. Click Here To Read In Gujarati.