Dai Kannon, Sendai, Japan, 330 ft, built in 1991
Fascinated by the human desire to build monumental statues, photographer Fabrice Fouillet has documented some of the world’s largest statues in his photo series “Colosses.” Fouillet talks about the project in this LensCulture post.
Although hugeness is appealing and exhilarating in its own right, I was first intrigued by the human-sized desire behind these gigantic declarations. Then, I asked myself how such works could be connected to their surroundings. How can they fit in the landscapes, despite their excessive dimensions and their necessarily symbolic functions?
Guan Yu, Yuncheng, China, 262 ft, built in 2010
Christ Blessing, Manado, Indonesia, 98.5 ft, built in 2007
Mother of the Fatherland, Kiev, Ukraine, 203 ft, built in 1981
Mao Zedong, Changsha, China, 105 ft, built in 2009
photos by Fabrice Fouillet