Rome was not built in a day and neither is Garuda Wisnu Kencana. The total construction project of the GWK, from concept to finish, took a whopping 28 years. It was designed initially in 1990 by I Nyoman Nuarta. The actual construction of the monument began in 1997.

The completion of GWK was marked by an inauguration in the form of art performance called Swadharma Ning Pertiwi on August 4th, 2018. There were lines of well-known Balinese artists including singers, dancers, and choreographer. The event itself is not just to celebrate the statue completion but also to appreciate the 120 workers’ well-earned hard work during the making process.