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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

*benign about him

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 09:37 (four years ago) Permalink

Blandford Forum, Friday, 25 April 2014 09:38 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

Rather fond of this old girl:

The one in Volgograd is probably more ominous, though.

Yuri Bashment (ShariVari), Friday, 25 April 2014 09:47 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

xp yeah Ray Harryhausen is pure horror, he gets it

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:03 (four years ago) Permalink

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

soref, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:05 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

it's in St Helens

soref, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:10 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink


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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

that's beautiful

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

^ ebbsfleet horse pining for the days of equine domination

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:36 (four years ago) Permalink

idk i don't really know...

ogmor, Friday, 25 April 2014 10:37 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

aw man, that jesus looks chill as hell.

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

That Thailand Buddha is pretty terrifying.

jmm, Friday, 25 April 2014 13:27 (four years ago) Permalink

^ terrifying reminder of the apaches PIF slurry pit scene

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

Merlion of Sentosa, Singapore

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

top right is like the evil stained glass sculptures in The Last Guardian

André Ryu (Neil S), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 06:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh well, pics at the link.

nickn, Thursday, 3 August 2017 06:40 (one year ago) Permalink

that is beautiful

mh, Thursday, 3 August 2017 14:08 (one year ago) Permalink

the buddha silo

ogmor, Thursday, 3 August 2017 14:08 (one year ago) Permalink

whoa that's amazing!

new noise, Thursday, 3 August 2017 14:36 (one year ago) Permalink

or you can go to his studio in Houston xp

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 3 August 2017 14:48 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The replies to this tweet are well worth checking out for awesome statue action, even though plenty of them are neither terrifying nor gigantic:

What are your favorite public statues?

— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) August 17, 2017

Moodles, Thursday, 17 August 2017 17:24 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Lucky that her statue is small and humble

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 28 September 2017 23:31 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

A 17-Story Dragon Climbs Thailand’s Pink 80-Meter Buddhist Temple

koogs, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 21:29 (ten months ago) Permalink

we have a winner

holy shit that is awesome

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 02:35 (ten months ago) Permalink

Not unless it has a water slide inside the entire length of the body

Evan, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 04:38 (ten months ago) Permalink


pplains, Friday, 29 December 2017 17:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

don't step on DEL noooooooooo

Karl Malone, Friday, 29 December 2017 17:51 (nine months ago) Permalink

three horseman of the ctrl alt delocalypse

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 29 December 2017 18:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...
two weeks pass...

far too cute to scare

ogmor, Monday, 5 March 2018 20:13 (seven months ago) Permalink

pplains, Saturday, 17 March 2018 18:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

i came across this while listening to ligeti's requiem and i nearly fell off my couch. luckily i was pretty deeply entrenched in the couch so i was able to stay on top of it.

Karl Malone, Friday, 30 March 2018 18:00 (six months ago) Permalink

Having acute "wowwww" reactions to both of those

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 7 April 2018 23:31 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah holy cats @ both of these

it's interesting that the bird is on its back

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 8 April 2018 03:33 (six months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

superb, wld also be a good place to set up a colony of noise dudes

ogmor, Thursday, 3 May 2018 15:04 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...
three weeks pass...

speaking of Vietnam, how dope is THIS


Abandoned waterpark Ho Thuy Tien in Vietnam (x-post evilbuildings) [3024 x 4032]

— Wᴀʀʀᴇɴ Eʟʟɪs (@warrenellis) August 9, 2018

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 August 2018 05:24 (two months ago) Permalink


Paul Reverse and the rediaRs (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 13:25 (two months ago) Permalink

I've posted a pic of the Lord Murugan statue in Malaysia before - reposting again because the 272-steps behind it just got a new rainbow-themed paint job, likely aimed at attracting the instagram crowd.

looks real pretty, though too bad they didn't seek permission before repainting.

Roz, Monday, 3 September 2018 09:30 (one month ago) Permalink

great thread! here's a few from japan. first this mellow as fuck dude in Nanzo-in.

and then this moody rainy day shot in Nagasaki looks suitably freaky

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Monday, 3 September 2018 13:07 (one month ago) Permalink

here's that last one from another angle so you can see what she's standing on

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Monday, 3 September 2018 13:09 (one month ago) Permalink

love the chillaxin giant

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 3 September 2018 13:13 (one month ago) Permalink

xp is it Kannon then?

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 3 September 2018 13:25 (one month ago) Permalink

the babies with outstretched hands really send that one over the top

ogmor, Monday, 3 September 2018 13:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Not a fan of the rainbow road by the Murugan statue, I’m afraid. We visited a couple years ago, during my honeymoon, and at the top of the stairs are the Batu Caves. The monkeys were incredibly mischievous, it was wonderful. The rainbow road is in keeping with the entire place though, I guess. It has the feeling of a once awe inspiring place that has been taken over by tackiness

Karl Malone, Monday, 3 September 2018 14:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Was it hard to keep from falling off the sides?

Evan, Monday, 3 September 2018 17:04 (one month ago) Permalink

xpost Tackiness is pretty much what us Malaysians do best lol. Batu Caves is a bit of a tourist trap most of the year, except during the big Hindu festivals when no one is trying to charge you to pet a snake.

Roz, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 01:37 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Typhoon Trami toppled a 25-meter, 40-ton Kannon Bodhisattva in the city of Nanjo, Okinawa where the winds were strongest.

— Wataru Tenga's English Tweets (@wataruen) October 1, 2018

Fizzles, Monday, 1 October 2018 06:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 8 October 2018 18:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 8 October 2018 20:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it’s like a Second Life installation but it’s 100% real

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 01:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Wow that is amazing.

Roz, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 01:51 (one week ago) Permalink

re: The Motherland Calls

The sword was originally made of stainless steel, trimmed with titanium sheets. The huge mass and high windage of the sword, due to its colossal dimensions, caused a strong swinging of the sword under the influence of wind loads, which caused excessive mechanical stress in the place where the hand holding the sword was attached to the body of the sculpture. Deformations in the design of the sword also caused the movement of sheets of titanium plating, creating-pitched sound of thundering metal.

as if it couldn't be more terrifying

omar little, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 03:02 (one week ago) Permalink

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