Thursday, December 5, 2013

Geopiece of the Day: The tallest statue in the world


Depicting the Vairocana Buddha originating from Brahman texts and representing the concept of emptiness in buddhism the statue rises in the province of  Lushan County, Henan, China. It was built in 2002 and stands 153 meters tall on a hill to increase the magnificence of its presence. 

The construction of the Buddha was sparked by an international event that echoed in media around the world and sparked a huge public outcry. The destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan in 2001 by the ruling Taliban. Condemnation of the mistreatment of the cultural heritage sites lead to the established of a new sight to enjoy for generations to come. 


Size comparison (Vairocana on the left)

The statue overseas the Foquan temple which was built during the chinese Tang dynasty, whose rulers dominated imperial China between 618 – 907 AD. Take something old and something new and create a heritage.