The monument, which was built between 1922 and 1931, stands 30 metres (98 feet) tall, omitting its 8-metre (26-foot) pedestal. The arms are 28 meters (92 feet) broad. The head weighs 5 tonnes (5.5 tons).
The original statue was destroyed during the Mexican Revolution. A new version of the statue, made from bronze, was unveiled in Mexico City on 21 May 1931. It stands over 30 meters (98 feet) high.
The figure is based on a photograph of an unknown Indian man who was executed in 1920 near Palenque, Mexico. He is said to have been a Christ figure discovered by peasants in the jungle. They hid him away out of fear that he would be killed by bandits or used for black magic rituals. When violence again became widespread following World War I, they returned the statue to public view.
Books have been written about the mystery surrounding the death of this man called "El Cristo de Palenque". Some say he was murdered by soldiers because he had eyes that followed you around the room! Others claim he was a local peasant who had his hands chopped off for stealing food. Yet others think he was a Maya priest who had sacrificed himself to save others.
The statue was created in 1994 by artist David Adickes and stands 67 feet tall. Drivers on Interstate 45 traveling north will notice it right away. The statue is the eighth highest in the United States. In March 2008, it was defaced with graffiti. "UGLY" was written in large black letters on one side of its chest.
After this incident, an advisory council was formed to create a plan to protect the statue. They decided that the only way to make the statue safe again was to remove it from I-45 and relocate it. In April 2009, the statue was removed from its location and taken into storage while these plans are made up.
In December 2009, it was announced that the statue would be moved to a new location just outside downtown along Lamar Boulevard near the Texas State University campus. It should arrive there in mid-2010 for its reopening later that year.
Admission to the museum where the statue is housed during renovations is free.
The statue was built ten years after Sam Houston died at age 42. He had no children and his wife did not like Texas so she sent him back home to Tennessee.
David Adickes was inspired to create this statue when he saw how much traffic went past Mayor Johnny Ward's office on North Main Street in Hamilton County, Texas, every day.
Zeus statue at Olympia. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was a 13-meter-tall (43-foot-tall) sitting figure created by the Greek sculptor Phidias approximately 435 BC at the sanctuary of Olympia, Greece, and installed in the Temple of Zeus there. A chryselephantine sculpture made of ivory plates and gold panels mounted on a timber structure,...
The statue was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It has been estimated that its original price was around 20,000 drachmas ($813,333 in today's dollars). It was said to have been cast using techniques invented by Praxiteles.
It is not known for certain how Zeus was represented at Olympia. Some authors argue that he was depicted in military attire because of his role as a protector of cities; others say that he was shown with a wreath on his head because he was regarded as a ruler. However, it is more likely that he was given the royal salute: a spear held upright between the arms.
The statue was destroyed during the Battle of Olympia in 480 BC. According to some sources, it was burned; according to others, it was taken prisoner by the Persians who invaded Greece that year and then destroyed. The location of this battle has never been confirmed with certainty; some suggest Syracuse or Corcyra (Greece), but most believe it to be near Olympia where it would have been easy for the Persians to destroy such a famous work.
The statue's height should be at least at eye level. It is always a matter of respect to approach the idol from below rather than from above. This is true for every religious or spiritually significant picture or statue.
If you are not sure about the height you should leave it to a professional. Measure the wall where the statue will be placed and take into account the fact that people tend to look up as they walk by. You should also take into account how high you expect visitors to be able to see the statue clearly.
In general, a smiling figure between 1.5 and 2 meters (4 and 6 feet) high would be appropriate. However, if you have limited space, you may want to opt for a smaller version of this image.
Here are some examples of famous laughing Buddha statues: Hanging Rock, Victoria; The Laughing Buddha, San Francisco. Both of these statues are well worth seeing in person!