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

OptionVotes
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

http://bookishnature.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/p1100566.jpg

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

http://interspacedesign.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/rio-cristo-copa-beach.jpg

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

http://en.ria.ru/images/16848/93/168489394.jpg

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

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/39023537.jpg

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:

http://i.imgur.com/70SsCe2.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/gIK90p5.jpg

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

http://www.democratic-republicans.us/images/volgograd-the-Motherland-Calls-statue-Mamayev-Kurgan-hill-Volgograd.jpg

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

http://jakhongirshaturaev.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/4122002502_750_leshan-giant-buddha.jpg

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?

http://i930.photobucket.com/albums/ad150/mimephotobucket/2010_Journey_3_Thailand/E_dscf0825_ji_ji.jpg

http://i930.photobucket.com/albums/ad150/mimephotobucket/2010_Journey_3_Thailand/E_DSCF0902_pano1_ji_patch_ji.jpg

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

http://api.ning.com/files/BlSO3TVinjnHG0DiLLjQyVGahGtR3Adzxyd1UDU7CuIgIMaAEAFVmWpu5mPTBRShi1SMftGCKRq3iu6uofP3xzmpalxrhsU8/dreamsculpture.jpg

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

http://sutekisutekisuteki.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/img_1145-2.jpg

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 !

http://laflaneuse.org/wp-content/gallery/statue-de-la-liberte/la-statue-de-la-liberte-a-paris.jpg

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

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7iZc_jhIoEE/S8VcC_pUzfI/AAAAAAAADtg/GIVBl07r9dM/s1600/800px-Tiruvalluvar_statue_LIC.jpg

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

lol

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

http://www.huahintrip.com/images/phocagallery/beaches/thumbs/phoca_thumb_l_Giant%20statue%20at%20Puk%20Tien%20beach.jpeg

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

http://i.imgur.com/YgIxXQ8.jpg

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

http://www.bdonline.co.uk/pictures/636x441fitpad%5B237%5D/0/0/4/1665004_White_Horse_image6_ready.jpg

^ 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

http://artasiapacific.com/image_columns/0000/9882/img_9436.jpg

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

http://www.asianarchitecture.info/LegacyImages/M/MerlionSentosa-002a.jpg

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

http://i32.tinypic.com/5zh9d.jpg

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

lukey kelly

the greatest singer of all time

and i mean its a good likeness but cmon

david waster phallus (darraghmac), Thursday, 31 January 2019 16:26 (five months ago) link

Actual statue in China. 生生不息carved on the platform is a Taoist saying meaning endless change but literally means continuous breeding without break

I think this is a 🐷 breeding center

#ChineseNewYear #YearOfThePig pic.twitter.com/TC1ES9zjJT

— Carl Zha (@CarlZha) February 7, 2019

Fizzles, Thursday, 7 February 2019 06:39 (five months ago) link

lol

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 February 2019 06:43 (five months ago) link

that is wonderful

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 February 2019 06:48 (five months ago) link

Winner

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 7 February 2019 06:54 (five months ago) link

wow

生生不息 is actually my family motto

ogmor, Thursday, 7 February 2019 08:20 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBEiHP1k2AU

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 8 February 2019 15:41 (five months ago) link

Moderately terrifying

THE VIDEO IS EVEN BETTER LMAO. GOD EMPEROR TRUMP pic.twitter.com/5rOIgRRFOo

— Armani (@armani_salado) February 10, 2019

Stevie T, Monday, 11 February 2019 13:28 (five months ago) link

warhammer 40k movie fx looking impressive

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 11 February 2019 17:22 (five months ago) link

another vu of guan yu (good photos upthread) for max imperiousness:

Guan Yu statue in Yuncheng City, China pic.twitter.com/xbLDEWF1up

— Carl Zha (@CarlZha) February 15, 2019

Fizzles, Friday, 15 February 2019 08:02 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

ATTN NYC...

https://i.imgur.com/BzCrtjV.jpg

I DON'T GET IT.

pplains, Monday, 18 March 2019 01:18 (three months ago) link

So it's a bunch of stairs that go interlock with each other to form a basket?

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2019/03/thomas-heatherwick/

I mean, other places have those too, except there's usually a food court on the ground level.

pplains, Monday, 18 March 2019 01:19 (three months ago) link

Generally acknowledged as garbage by New Yorkers

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Monday, 18 March 2019 01:28 (three months ago) link

ya know, maybe I do ♥ NY.

pplains, Monday, 18 March 2019 01:32 (three months ago) link

Great and somewhat less than respectful piece about it and it's designer Thomas Heatherwick, which manages to use the sentence "Heatherwick is forty-eight, employs nearly two hundred people, and has two children" as a punchline:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/26/thomas-heatherwick-architectures-showman

what if bod was one of us (ledge), Monday, 18 March 2019 10:09 (three months ago) link

"it's" smdh

what if bod was one of us (ledge), Monday, 18 March 2019 10:09 (three months ago) link

wtf

heinrich boll weevil (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 15:45 (three months ago) link

anyway this jibes w M. Kimmelman's piece last week characterizing Hudson Yards as the world's largest gated community

heinrich boll weevil (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 15:45 (three months ago) link

i am getting increasingly chip-on-my-shoulder about that whole development; really need to see something at the shed shortly so i can form an informed opinion above and beyond EAT THE RICH

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 17:22 (three months ago) link

Me and some buddies hit it last night. Definitely has to be seen to be believed!

https://i.imgur.com/nH9IjzC.jpg

pplains, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:52 (three months ago) link

haha

heinrich boll weevil (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 01:17 (three months ago) link

all your photos are belong to vessel

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 03:13 (three months ago) link

come and dine inside the giant fornicating grasshoppers...

koogs, Thursday, 28 March 2019 18:40 (three months ago) link

write up weirdly fails to mention they are humping

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 28 March 2019 18:43 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Big Yuri has been spruced up.

c днем космонавтики! pic.twitter.com/ySXkZsyqNu

— Owen Hatherley (@owenhatherley) April 12, 2019

ShariVari, Friday, 12 April 2019 14:10 (three months ago) link

Damn! Looking good Yuri <3

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 April 2019 16:40 (three months ago) link

*yuri grimly nods*

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 12 April 2019 16:47 (three months ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/oZv8k7p.jpg
uncanny

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 12 April 2019 17:43 (three months ago) link

^lol

have we had the enormo eagle on it's back?

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2019/04/jatayu-earth-center/

(apparently not. had a scroll back. lots of broken links...)

koogs, Thursday, 25 April 2019 08:44 (two months ago) link

I think we did have that one, maybe it's one of the broken links.

nickn, Thursday, 25 April 2019 17:44 (two months ago) link

not exactly a statue but still

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5Yk7pfX4AAutle.jpg:large

Neil S, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 07:25 (two months ago) link

Damn! Looking good Yuri <3

― Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, April 12, 2019 6:40 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

*yuri grimly nods*

― these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, April 12, 2019 6:47 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

DO NOT BE AFRAID! I AM A SOVIET LIKE YOU! I HAVE JUST DESCENDED FROM SPACE AND I MUST FIND A TELEPHONE TO CALL MOSCOW!

difficult listening hour, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 08:06 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

The Washington Monument during the fireworks is pretty fuckin terrifying pic.twitter.com/FtyMW9rpLO

— Matthew Gaydos (@MatthewGaydos) July 5, 2019

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Friday, 5 July 2019 03:47 (one week ago) link

O_O

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 5 July 2019 15:05 (one week ago) link

sauron, lord of the rings, has a new home

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Friday, 5 July 2019 15:07 (one week ago) link

Not gigantic but pretty horrory
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/victoria-s-way-indian-sculpture-park

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 5 July 2019 17:56 (one week ago) link

crikey! Nightmare Park to haunt yr dreams

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 5 July 2019 18:02 (one week ago) link

really captures her personality

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

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

http://https%3A//news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2014/04/Ecce-Homo.jpg

akm, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:09 (one week ago) link

god damnit.

https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2014/04/Ecce-Homo.jpg

akm, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:09 (one week ago) link

melania statue has powerful minecraft energy

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

they got her knees perfect

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


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