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The Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world and is dedicated to the life and work of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. At 182 meters (597 feet) it is two times the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York City and surpasses the height of the world’s previous tallest statue—China’s Spring Temple Buddha­—by 29 meters (95 feet).

 

The Statue of Unity depicts India’s first Deputy Prime Minister, the freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who is known for his leadership during India’s struggle for independence, as well as his unifying power. He worked—and succeeded at—integrating more than 500 princely states to create a unified India. In doing so, he earned the nickname The Iron Man of India.

 

The Statue rises above a geometric star-shaped platform built on Sadhu Island in the Narmada River. Visitors to the Statue of Unity arrive at a riverside visitor center and then proceed across a footbridge to the Statue’s base where an exhibition hall provides accounts of the life and accomplishments of Patel and the history of modern India. Draped over the roof of the exhibition hall is a contemplative Memorial Garden. Within the Statue’s chest, a 200 person gallery provides visitors with a view of the surrounding countryside and the nearby Sardar Sarovar Dam.

 

The Statue is designed to withstand winds reaching 180 km (112 miles) per hour as well as earthquakes measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale. It draws its strength from dual cylindrical concrete cores that rise up through the legs and torso of the figure, that are bolstered by 6,500 metric tons of structural steel and 18,500 metric tons of reinforcing steel bars. A tuned mass damper system provides additional stabilization.

 

Turner International provided construction management services on the Statue, guiding the project throughout construction to the inauguration on October 31, 2018 which coincides with the 143rd anniversary of Sardar Patel’s birth.


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