Christ the Redeemer

Art on a Grand Scale

There’s something particularly overawing about enormous works of art. It’s hard to put into words exactly the quality that makes them so special – perhaps it’s seeing a work of human endeavour on a scale reserved for nature. Whatever it is, that sensation is well worth seeking out, and today we’re taking a look at some of the worlds best impressively large works of art.

To The Struggle Against World Terror

This monumental sculpture by Georgian artist Zurab Tsereteli was presented to America by the  Russian government as a potent symbol of international solidarity in the wake of the September 11th attacks in 2001.

A huge silver teardrop, suspended in a ten-story pillar as given this artwork the popular name The Tear Drop Memorial. At times controversial, it’s been embraced by locals, and helped to cement the relationship between two uneasy superpowers at a time of great tension in the world. It sits on the Hudson, an awe inspiring sight that gives you a view across the Hudson into the bustling New York metropolis.

This is a grand sight in all sorts of way: the scale of monument impresses, as a reminder of a great tragedy it is sobering, and as a symbol of international solidarity and cooperation, it’s impressive and inspiring.

Christ the Redeemer

One of the most famous statues in the world, the sheer size and grandeur of this spectacle makes it worth mentioning here. Built overlook Rio de Janeiro over a ten year period, and officially complete in 1931, this statue has become one of the icons of the region – the symbol that’s synonymous with Rio.

It’s 98 feet tall, and placed on a 26 foot pedestal, itself at the top of the Corcovado mountain which is nearly two and half thousand feet tall. From the city, you can look up to see the Christ stretching out its arms to embrace the world, and from the viewing platform of the statue itself you can either gaze up on it, or share its perspective, gazing down across Brazil.

The Angel of the North

An iconic Anthony Gormley sculpture, this is an artwork that didn’t lack for opposition when it was first proposed. Some felt it was a poor use of funds, others that it would be an eyesore, but fortunately the positive voices vastly outnumbered the dissent as the finished piece has become emblematic of the UK.

Welcoming travellers to the North East, it’s perched above a major roadway, with the wings angled a few degrees forward to give the subtle sense that it’s leaning forward to embrace the oncoming traffic.

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