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) 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

*benign about him

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

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

xp yeah Ray Harryhausen is pure horror, he gets it

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

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

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

it's in St Helens

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

that's beautiful

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

^ ebbsfleet horse pining for the days of equine domination

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

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

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

idk i don't really know...

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

aw man, that jesus looks chill as hell.

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

That Thailand Buddha is pretty terrifying.

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

^ terrifying reminder of the apaches PIF slurry pit scene

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

Merlion of Sentosa, Singapore

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

"OW! Hey! Watch it with that thing!"

pplains, Monday, 29 October 2018 23:42 (five months ago) Permalink

Finally. A reason to wake up in the morning for the rest of my life.

pplains, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:09 (five months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

“Knife Angel" is a giant sculpture made of 100,000 knives confiscated from police stations throughout the UK in an effort to raise awareness of the growing rate of knife crime. The sculpture was created by British artist Alfie Bradle

— 41 Strange (@41Strange) November 28, 2018

DEATH PUPPET (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:19 (four months ago) Permalink


lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:40 (four months ago) Permalink

Damn that is actually terrifying

Roz, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 13:40 (four months ago) Permalink

Looking sharp.

pplains, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:29 (four months ago) Permalink

Knife Angel just wants a hug :(

jmm, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:33 (four months ago) Permalink

why don't they just legalize guns, that'll stop all the knife crime

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:05 (four months ago) Permalink

My first thought actually was Well, I'd rather hug a gun statue than that one.

Which led me to

pplains, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:44 (four months ago) Permalink

the first thing i notice about that elephant? no knife wounds

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:54 (four months ago) Permalink

That statue is amazing; it totally made me think of Clive Barker story 'In the Hills, the Cities'.

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 17:01 (four months ago) Permalink

love that story, didn't know there was a comic version!

and mr. gun elephant is terrifying

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 29 November 2018 10:03 (four months ago) Permalink

You should hear him sneeze!

pplains, Thursday, 29 November 2018 14:33 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I know we already discussed this guy, but this is a cool pic

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 31 January 2019 05:52 (two months ago) Permalink

gil scott heron memorial?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 31 January 2019 15:32 (two months ago) Permalink

More like the end of my driveway once I've conquered the Eagles.

pplains, Thursday, 31 January 2019 15:49 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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

— Carl Zha (@CarlZha) February 7, 2019

Fizzles, Thursday, 7 February 2019 06:39 (two months ago) Permalink


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 February 2019 06:43 (two months ago) Permalink

that is wonderful

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 February 2019 06:48 (two months ago) Permalink


Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 7 February 2019 06:54 (two months ago) Permalink


生生不息 is actually my family motto

ogmor, Thursday, 7 February 2019 08:20 (two months ago) Permalink

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

Moderately terrifying


— Armani (@armani_salado) February 10, 2019

Stevie T, Monday, 11 February 2019 13:28 (two months ago) Permalink

warhammer 40k movie fx looking impressive

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

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

Guan Yu statue in Yuncheng City, China

— Carl Zha (@CarlZha) February 15, 2019

Fizzles, Friday, 15 February 2019 08:02 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...



pplains, Monday, 18 March 2019 01:18 (one month ago) Permalink

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

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 (one month ago) Permalink

Generally acknowledged as garbage by New Yorkers

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Monday, 18 March 2019 01:28 (one month ago) Permalink

ya know, maybe I do ♥ NY.

pplains, Monday, 18 March 2019 01:32 (one month ago) Permalink

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:

what if bod was one of us (ledge), Monday, 18 March 2019 10:09 (one month ago) Permalink

"it's" smdh

what if bod was one of us (ledge), Monday, 18 March 2019 10:09 (one month ago) Permalink


heinrich boll weevil (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 15:45 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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

pplains, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:52 (one month ago) Permalink


heinrich boll weevil (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 01:17 (one month ago) Permalink

all your photos are belong to vessel

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 03:13 (one month ago) Permalink

come and dine inside the giant fornicating grasshoppers...

koogs, Thursday, 28 March 2019 18:40 (four weeks ago) Permalink

write up weirdly fails to mention they are humping

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 28 March 2019 18:43 (four weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Big Yuri has been spruced up.

c днем космонавтики!

— Owen Hatherley (@owenhatherley) April 12, 2019

ShariVari, Friday, 12 April 2019 14:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Damn! Looking good Yuri <3

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 April 2019 16:40 (one week ago) Permalink

*yuri grimly nods*

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 12 April 2019 16:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 12 April 2019 17:43 (one week ago) Permalink

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