vote for the most terrifying gigantic statue of all time

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I find it disturbing that for thousands of years human beings have been making enormous effigies of divine, mythical & human beings to loom over us like petrified monsters. As a youth I remember driving into Gateshead at night and seeing the Angel of the North for the first time, ominously rising up over the horizon in the muggy twilight like some triumphantly erect human-messerschmitt hybrid & it inspired a feeling of intense physical disgust, there was something profoundly hideous about it

In this thread we document the most remarkably abominable colossi, recount our encounters with them, express & ponder revulsion or appreciation, & vote on which we find most terrible/sinister/unsettling

Poll Results

The Motherland Calls, Volgograd, Russia (~300 feet tall) 11
Kristus kase Berkat, Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia (158 feet tall) 4
The Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt (66 feet tall) 2
Ushiku Daibutsu, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan (390 feet tall) 1
The African Renaissance Monument, Dakar, Senegal (160 feet tall) 1
The Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, Erdene, Mongolia (131 feet tall) 1
Other, write-in 1
The Angel of the North, Gateshead, England (66 feet tall) 1
The Colossus of Rhodes (Helios) [DESTROYED] (~100 feet tall) 1
The Guanyin of the South Sea of Sanya, Hainan, China (354 feet tall) 0
Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India (135 feet tall) 0
Statue of Airavata, Bangkok, Thailand (~95 feet tall) 0
The Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India (133 feet tall) 0
Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong (112 feet tall) 0
Statue of Soong Ching-Ling, Henan, China [DESTROYED] (~80 feet tall) 0
Statue of Pee Seua Samut, Puek Thian, Thailand (mb 20-25 feet tall) 0
The Great Buddha of Thailand, Ang Thong (300 feet tall) 0
Moai Statues, Easter Island, Chile (~30 feet tall) 0
The Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan (233 feet tall) 0
Cristo del Otero, Palencia, Spain (~70 feet tall) 0
Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (~100 feet tall) 0

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 09:21 (five years ago) link

does the sight of a faceless cyborg looming on the horizon representing industrialism with fascist zeal not fill you with dread?

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 09:26 (five years ago) link

there's no medals for being wide though. the angel of the north has a similar pose to the cristo redentor

of the three statues of jesus in the poll, this is the only one where he is posed to look like a cross. jesus was of course executed on a hill, so he although you could argue he is in a state of perpetual execution, there is also something fairly benign. but maximum looming points for presiding so magnificently over one of the biggest cities in the world

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 09:36 (five years ago) link

As a huge fan of feeling overwhelmed by looming petrified monsters I wholeheartedly endorse this thread, and will vote for the statue I find most delightful

Blandford Forum, Friday, 25 April 2014 09:36 (five years ago) link

*benign about him

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 09:37 (five years ago) link

Blandford Forum, Friday, 25 April 2014 09:38 (five years ago) link

That Angel of the North picture is quite ominous, but I've never seen it in person. Likewise the giant Dream head in St Helens.

It's Pablum Time with (NickB), Friday, 25 April 2014 09:39 (five years ago) link

as symbols of man's ugly, hubristic dominance over nature I am more offended and terrified by the motorway in the first picture and the high-rises on the Rio beachfront than by the awesome and exciting statues

Blandford Forum, Friday, 25 April 2014 09:44 (five years ago) link

here's the Kristus kase Berkat terrorizing the people of manado. this hideous portrayal of jesus as a flying wizard casting some sort of hex over the city for eternity is mb too comical to win the poll, but surely you cannot find him a figure of delight

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 09:46 (five years ago) link

Rather fond of this old girl:

The one in Volgograd is probably more ominous, though.

Yuri Bashment (ShariVari), Friday, 25 April 2014 09:47 (five years ago) link

yeah the motherland calls might be the winner

an armed titan striding across the steppe bellowing is a truly terrible sight to behold. it is unbelievably excessive, & idk what it says about russia to have such a pure & monstrous expression of patriotism

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 09:50 (five years ago) link

sitting at the feet of the leshan giant buddha would be an infinitely more chill activity. despite its size, being carved out of the rock gives it a sense of intimacy, he's less exposed, his pose is relaxed, & his barely open eyes give him a serene & calming quality. this is my kind of giant statue

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 09:55 (five years ago) link

the giant buddha of thailand is much less appealing, rising up out of the trees & inviting you to kiss the tips of his freakishly long fingers. are you delighted blandford?

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:00 (five years ago) link

xp yeah Ray Harryhausen is pure horror, he gets it

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:03 (five years ago) link

the dream makes me think of the terry gilliam cartoons from monty python

soref, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:05 (five years ago) link

i've not seen that, where is it?

seems appropriate that a culture saturated with monstrous giants would have the biggest statues of all

ushiku daibutsu looms in the most uncanny, slow motion, enormous way, I can't really imagine how odd it would be to live within sight of it

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:08 (five years ago) link

it's in St Helens

soref, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:10 (five years ago) link

err..where's the statue of liberty ??
150ft tall (300ft from the ground).
and french, bien sûr !

during its construction in paris...

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:11 (five years ago) link

I probably should have included the statue of liberty even though I don't know if anyone would vote for it. feels v unterrifying despite its size, seems more like a novelty lighthouse

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:16 (five years ago) link

mb statue of liberty fans could vote for the statue of Tiruvalluvar which is similarly worthy & surrounded by the sea

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:19 (five years ago) link

xxxp I am very much delighted by the whimsical 'Jesus surprised by crane up the arse' statue, much less delighted by the big Buddha, mainly due to its gaudy colour than its melty fingers.

Blandford Forum, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:21 (five years ago) link


relatively small but you can't argue with a sea demon luring you into the waves

statue of Pee Seua Samut. will agree this one is delightful, it's too playful to be fearful

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:24 (five years ago) link

these are all awesome without exception and justify the human species almost

you poll a lot, but you're not saying anything (Noodle Vague), Friday, 25 April 2014 10:25 (five years ago) link

seems like genghis khan is finished terrorizing everyone & is content to survey his homeland for eternity. this is still uncannily huge though

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:28 (five years ago) link

that's beautiful

It's Pablum Time with (NickB), Friday, 25 April 2014 10:32 (five years ago) link

^ ebbsfleet horse pining for the days of equine domination

It's Pablum Time with (NickB), Friday, 25 April 2014 10:32 (five years ago) link

just realized I'm being slow and that nick b & soref were talking about the same thing. can't believe I've never heard of the dream. seems like quite an ambiguous statue. catches the sunshine well, as does the african renaissance monument

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:35 (five years ago) link

idk really know what to make of it, seems somewhat unloved

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:36 (five years ago) link

idk i don't really know...

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:37 (five years ago) link

that's the Christ the King statue in Poland btw, largest statue of Jay-C in the world

It's Pablum Time with (NickB), Friday, 25 April 2014 13:10 (five years ago) link

aw man, that jesus looks chill as hell.

glasses jacket jerfman (how's life), Friday, 25 April 2014 13:23 (five years ago) link

That Thailand Buddha is pretty terrifying.

jmm, Friday, 25 April 2014 13:27 (five years ago) link

^ terrifying reminder of the apaches PIF slurry pit scene

It's Pablum Time with (NickB), Friday, 25 April 2014 13:30 (five years ago) link

ahah Josh. great one ! did they destroy that statue of is it somewhere, in a hangar, taking dust ?

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 25 April 2014 13:31 (five years ago) link

Merlion of Sentosa, Singapore

It's Pablum Time with (NickB), Friday, 25 April 2014 13:32 (five years ago) link

Probably going for the Motherland Calls, though I might go old-school and vote for the Colossus.

I do quite like the Angel of the North, but it doesn't stack up to the competition.

emil.y, Friday, 25 April 2014 13:36 (five years ago) link

did they destroy that statue of is it somewhere, in a hangar, taking dust ?

this is supposedly the statue used in Italy, now in a Milan theme park with its head replaced by Wolverine

soref, Friday, 25 April 2014 13:41 (five years ago) link

Not gigantic but pretty horrory

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 5 July 2019 17:56 (seven months ago) link

crikey! Nightmare Park to haunt yr dreams

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 5 July 2019 18:02 (seven months ago) link

The Melania statue.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 8 July 2019 19:09 (seven months ago) link

really captures her personality

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Monday, 8 July 2019 19:09 (seven months ago) link

that looks like it was designed by the woman who restored this painting:


akm, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:09 (seven months ago) link

god damnit.

akm, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:09 (seven months ago) link

melania statue has powerful minecraft energy

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:14 (seven months ago) link

they got her knees perfect

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 19:28 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Statue of Neptune, Spain.

— Bohemian Rhapsody (@bohemiaann) July 29, 2019

Roz, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 09:29 (six months ago) link

Nice one! Sea statues seem quite rare.

badg, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 14:40 (six months ago) link

hard to get a true sense of scale but i like it!

another no-holds-barred Tokey Wedge adventure for men (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 14:41 (six months ago) link

Thirded or fourthed

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 14:44 (six months ago) link

That statue rools

Yeah, I love it. Saw a few photos with the arm and trident missing, hope it's fixed now.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 14:51 (six months ago) link

there's currently a bit of a spate of undersea statuary (tho i think most of it is not technically gigantic)

(this is from the underwater sculpture park in molinere bay off of grenada)

mark s, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 14:58 (six months ago) link

Beautiful. Imagine most statues on earth will end up looking like that eventually :/

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:00 (six months ago) link

The bronze statues or the unreinforced concrete ones near sea level. The typical framework + cladding giant statues will corrode and collapse, the rebar in reinforced concrete corrodes and without maintenance the concrete becomes rubble.

Fortunately, sea level rise is the slowest appearing effect of the long climate crisis. Maybe 1 m this century, 3 or so m every century for the next several millennia. The Statue of Liberty's base isn't crested til late 4th millenium (around the time White Plains, NY is beachfront).

hedonic treadmill class action (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 21:03 (six months ago) link


pplains, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 09:56 (six months ago) link

*furiously buys white plains beachfront*

alomar lines, Thursday, 1 August 2019 04:31 (six months ago) link

With Ira Kaplan, the most terrifying guitar player of all time. (photobygeorgia)

― nickn

that's jesus shortly after burning his guitar at monterey, right?

Un Poco Loco Moco (rushomancy), Thursday, 1 August 2019 06:31 (six months ago) link

Excavating the Easter Island statues

— 41 Strange (@41Strange) August 6, 2019

ogmor, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:03 (six months ago) link

i always find it weird when you see them with the eyes in

nxd, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 08:59 (six months ago) link

absolute unit

Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 09:15 (six months ago) link

rapa nui is v interesting

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 17:34 (six months ago) link

pplains, Thursday, 15 August 2019 01:08 (six months ago) link


TS: “8:05” vs. “905” (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 15 August 2019 01:17 (six months ago) link

Also Czech giant babies (though not terrifying).

nickn, Monday, 19 August 2019 18:25 (five months ago) link

ogmor, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 13:06 (five months ago) link

pixel art getting real

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:58 (five months ago) link

If that's it finished I love it.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 15:27 (five months ago) link

heh, yeah i was going to say that more terrifying gigantic statues should leave the scaffolding up, it looks kinda cool

pretty soon every country is going to have a gigantic terrifying statue. before long they'll wheel them all into the same valley and have at it, mighty morphin power rangers style

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 17:17 (five months ago) link

Saw Motherland in Kyiv up close over the weekend (posted on this thread 5 years ago and by the same guy as Motherland Calls) and damn, it's impressive.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 20:54 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

not gigantic but still:

This statue depicts Saint Bartholomew, an early Christian martyr who was allegedly skinned alive. If you look closely, you’ll notice that’s not a robe that he’s holding. It's actually his dissected skin hanging around him. This statute is by Marco d’Agrate, c.1562.

— Lindsey Fitzharris (@DrLindseyFitz) October 5, 2019

silverfish, Monday, 7 October 2019 15:20 (four months ago) link


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 October 2019 17:53 (four months ago) link

obi-wan voice “That’s no robe...”

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 October 2019 17:53 (four months ago) link

That's amazing work.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 11 October 2019 17:31 (four months ago) link

Never heard of this before, more weird than terrifying

this place is legit very strange

— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) October 20, 2019

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 20 October 2019 22:49 (three months ago) link

I posted it a couple years ago

nickn, Monday, 21 October 2019 01:38 (three months ago) link

Looks like they need to drain the swamp.

koogs, Monday, 21 October 2019 02:05 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

^ I think the Natalie Prass video for 'Into The Fire' was shot there.

Meanwhile, these aren't gigantic but Yerevan otherwise just slaps at this

nashwan, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 11:44 (one week ago) link

Yerevan has lots of fun public art.

I saw the GWK from a distance this week. It’s so chunky it’s probably not that impressive until you’re closer. It kind of looks like a weirdly shaped tower block.

ShariVari, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 13:14 (one week ago) link

It looks like a building destroyed by a kaiju from a distance

ill fuckin put a paste on those (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 15:15 (one week ago) link


terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 15:34 (one week ago) link

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