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Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (Indonesian: Taman Budaya Garuda Wisnu Kencana), or GWK, is a tourist destination and attraction located at Ungasan, Badung on the island of Bali, Indonesia about 10–15 minutes drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. It is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who became his companion.
Owned and managed by Alam Sutera Realty, Tbk, the construction of the 120.9-metre statue of Vishnu riding his mount Garuda was completed in August 2018. The park has a land area of about 60 hectares and is 263 metres above sea level.Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue (also GWK statue) was designed by Nyoman Nuarta and inaugurated in September 2018.
The statue was designed to be Indonesia’s tallest statue, which was inspired by a Hindu about the search for Amrita (the elixir of life). According to this myth, Garuda agreed to be ridden by Vishnu in return for the right to use the elixir to liberate his enslaved mother. The monument was completed on 31 July 2018 and inaugurated by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on 22 September 2018. It is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity and the tallest statue in Indonesia.
As a 21st century alternative of 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.
Finding the perfect location for such a mega-structure project was not an easy task. It took another two years following the initiation of the project’s concept before finding the perfect spot. It was an abandoned limestone mine at a barren hill in the village called Ungasan. Even though the area was so wasted and desolated, the founders believe that this area carries a lot of potentials that it inspired GWK Foundation to commenced rehabilitate it.
To design and realize the enormous sculpture, GWK Foundation appointed I Nyoman Nuarta as one of Indonesia’s finest modern sculptors to be the lead sculptor in this mega-structure project. After the initial groundbreaking on 8 June 1997, the cultural park began its public exposure in 2000 by exposing and exhibiting some parts of the Garuda Wisnu statue and running several trials for some of the supporting facilities.
To date, ever since GWK Cultural Park’s ownership and management has been taken over in 2013 by one of Indonesia’s most reputable property developers, PT Alam Sutera Realty Indonesia, GWK Cultural Park is now offering several facilities ideal for various types of events, private or public, small or big, local or international. Various supporting infrastructures such as the Wisnu Plaza, Street Theatre, Lotus Pond, Amphitheatre, Street Theatre, Indraloka Garden, Tirta Agung, the GWK signature restaurants such as Jendela Bali and The Beranda, as well as some Boutique and Souvenir shops – all are set to be geared up.
Need 1000 Workers
Making a statue of this size need to involve how many workers? The answer, 1000 people! But not all of the workers are in Bali. Some of the making of the GWK statue was done in Bandung, then flown to Bali one by one to be compiled into one whole piece.
Defeating the tall status of Liberty
The GWK statue is 121 meters high, 28 meters taller than the iconic Statue of Liberty in the United States. In the initial design, this statue was planned to have a height of 150 meters, but in reality, the GWK Bali Statue “only” has a height of 121 meters. There is no official explanation of why, but reportedly due to costs.
Located in the former wild lime mining
Garuda Wisnu Kencana was built on a former illegal limestone mining area. Even though the title is a former limestone mining location, the GWK area looks really aesthetic for photos. This location is often used as a location for photoshoots or pre-wedding photos.
Has an eternal spring
The spring is named Pura Somaka Giri. It is said that this spring will not dry out even though it is the dry season. But we can’t take the water carelessly without the permission of the stakeholders. This spring is believed to be able to answer the prayers that we say there.
Thousands of tons of raw materials
The design consists of 24 segments and is formed in 754 modules. Some of the modules were done by I Nyoman Nuarta and his workers in Bandung; then they were brought one by one to Bali. The material itself is copper and brass. For the whole statue, reportedly the construction of the GWK Bali statue cost 3000 tons of copper, while brass was used for several parts such as the crown of Lord Wisnu.
The existence of this magnificent statue is proof that Indonesia and its artists can produce a new masterpiece, after the legacy of previous civilizations such as the Borobudur and Prambanan temples.