Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK) is a ± 60 ha area of cultural park located in Ungasan, Badung Regency or about 10-15 minutes driving from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. With a future plan of ±120-meter tall and 64-meter width statue of Garuda Wisnu as its main attraction, GWK Cultural Park boasts one of the largest artistic masterpiece and most astonishing works of arts ever created in Indonesia’s art history.
It was Garuda Wisnu Kencana Foundation who initiated the idea of the project back in 1992 with the vision of becoming the landmark of Bali’s world known tourist destination. One of the founders of GWK Foundation, Mr. I Nyoman Nuarta, who is also the conceptor behind the iconic masterpiece, began to realize his big idea by developing the existing limestone hill through a combined land art approach with a modern Architectural Landscape, alongside a strong idealism to continuously align the harmony between human, environment and God the Almighty.
As a 21st century alternative of an artificial tourism infrastructure, GWK Cultural Park is currently developing into a cultural park that covers cultural exhibitions, events and amusement attractions as well as becoming the information and communication forum for local, national, regional and even international cultures.
The main attraction of GWK Cultural Park is the gigantic statue of Garuda Wisnu which is intended to be one of the tallest and largest modern day sculptures. Combined with its pedestal, the statue is planned to reach 120 meters in height with wings span 64 meters across.
The daunting task of assembling such a sculpture was entrusted to one of Indonesia’s most reputable sculptors, I Nyoman Nuarta. He is responsible to create the large-scaled monument of Garuda Wisnu Kencana, which illustrates God Wisnu sitting on the mythical bird of Garuda. Furthermore, the word Kencana refers to gold layering some core parts of the statue, including the crowns worn by the bird of Garuda and God Wisnu. Mr. Nuarta designs and carves the statue into several parts, consisting of 24 segments and formed with 754 modules made of copper and brass coated patina acid. The segments are being transported to Bali, until now.
The location of the GWK statue stands on the highest place of Southern Bali. GWK statue is designed to be one of the world’s biggest and highest monumental statues in the world. The monument itself consists of two parts. The main statue, which is made of approximately 3000 tons of copper and several other smaller statues such as the crown and Garuda’s accessories that will be coated with gold mosaic. The second part is a 30,000-square-meter pedestal built on a 10,000 square meter of land. Inside the pedestal will be several facilities such as multifunction ballroom to be utilized for international conference and also some galleries to exhibit the Indonesian cultural art creations.
The statue and its pedestal surrounded by more than 60-ha of Cultural Park. It will provide attractions for both local and foreign visitors with supporting facilities such as Lotus Pond, Wisnu Plaza, Amphitheater, Street Theater, Jendela Bali Restaurant, New Beranda Restaurant and Souvenir shops.
GWK Cultural Park aims to educate, especially the future generations about the importance of preserving and cultivating world’s cultural heritage.
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