Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Statue Inauguration
The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue which is this nations cultural icon has been completed
The entire GWK statue stands at a total height of 121 meters, on a pedestal of 46-meter height. With a wingspan of 64 meters, this greatest Balinese icon stands proudly on the peak of Ungasan hill, inside the GWK Cultural Park area. What’s more, this statue is also the biggest statue in the world and the third tallest in the world at present. In the future, aside from tourism and educational visits, the statue pedestal can also be used as a venue for various events.
The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. H. Joko Widodo symbolically inaugurated the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) statue by signing on the ark and siren. He is accompanied by Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, General TNI (HOR) (Purn.) Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Indonesia’s Tourism Minister, Dr. Ir. Arief Yahya, M.Sc., Bali Province Governor, Dr. Ir. I Wayan Koster, M.M., President Commissioner PT Garuda Adhimatra Indonesia, MayGen TNI (Purn) Sang Nyoman Suwisma, and President Commissioner Alam Sutera Group Haryanto Tirtohadiguno and guests of honor at Bukit Ungasan, Badung, Bali, today.
The GWK Statue inauguration culminates the process of GWK statue construction. The event held by GWK Cultural Park, a corporate subsidiary of PT Alam Sutera Realty Tbk (Alam Sutera), is themed “Merajut Indonesia Esa”. The event presents a cultural traditional performance with 300 dancers composed by Prof. Dr. I Made Bandem, a dancer, artist, writer and teachers born in Bali. He is also well known as “Joe Papp of Bali”. The night also presents Bumi Gamelan Orchestra lead by I Wayan Balawan, Balinese born guitar maestro and ethnic music. The event festivities and pomp are highlighted with performances by Putri Ayu, Duta Cinta, laser and fireworks shows and video mapping themed “Kemilau Indonesia” during the evening.
The Balinese iconography details and complex shape makes GWK one of the most complex statue in the world. This is highlighted with its open style principle that can be accessed by the public. GWK is also designed within a complex and is supported by various cultural tourism facilities. Visitors can have a pleasant time in the garden and restaurants.