Designed as a memorial to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Statue of Unity
For three years, workers in Gujarat, India, have been constructing a massive statue of the country’s first deputy prime minister, the freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbai Patel. The steel and bronze figure, named the Statue of Unity, is designed to rise nearly 600-feet-tall, or twice the height of the Statue of Liberty. Upon completion, it will represent the world’s tallest statue.
Designed as a memorial to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Statue of Unity is open to tourists from 9 am. Located in Gujarat’s Narmada district, the world’s tallest statue (about 600 feet), is just 3.5 km away from Kevadia town and about 200 km from Ahmedabad.
For Gujarat tourism, which already has the Great Rann of Kutch and the Gandhi circuit as big attractions, the Statue of Unity is on its way to being added to the list.
The project was conceived of nearly a decade ago by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then Gujarat’s chief minister.
The figure, designed to appear stoic, with his head held high and arms by his sides, is the vision of Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar.