15 large trucks, moving in a slow convoy across the entire length of Java arrived in Bali on September 22, 2001, containing the component parts of the head of the mythical Garuda bird that will form a part of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana - GWK monument on South Bali's Bukit Jimbaran. The bird's head, weighing an estimated 100 tons, was built in the workshop of GWK's sculptor Nyoman Nuarta in Bandung, West Java.
When completed, the GWK will weigh 4,000 tons and tower some 286 meters above sea level. The actual monument, from foundation to top, will measure 146 meters, taller than New York's Statute of Liberty, which stands 86 meters.
The finished statue will form the focus of a massive cultural park housing restaurants, shopping, accommodation and meeting venues.
The statue will depict the mythical Garuda Bird in flight with the Lord Wisnu mounted upon the bird's back.
During the latest component's arrival in Bali, villagers in Negara and Tabanan welcomed the bird's head with traditional Balinese processions.
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