Garuda Wisnu Kencanas Convoluted Journey
The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue stands at last. After sculptor I Nyoman Nuarta came up with the idea to build the giant statue 28 years ago, construction work stumbled upon many hurdles, including the late 1990s monetary crisis, which caused delays to the project. How did Nuarta manage to complete the massive statute now standing at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park in Badung, Bali?
The elevator cabin rolled up, passing every floor of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana giant statue. Moments later, the elevator’s motor came to a stop and the cabin door opened. We exited to witness the giant statue’s steel structure. “This is the 20th floor, below the shoulders of the god Vishnu,” said Djuki Ridwan, Garuda Wisnu Kencana’s project manager, on July 28.
On the 20th floor, there were 10 elliptical openings th...