The creation of a sculpture of massive size has always been synonymous with great and influential civilizations. The Great Sphinx of Giza (Egypt, the Colossus of Rhodes (Greece, the colossal Zeus of Pheidias (Greece), the Pheidias's Athena Parthenons (Greece), and the Moai statues of Eater Island Culture (Easter Island) are among the ancient world's colossal statues. These huge statues often marked a significant period in a civilization's history as their disappearance or destruction.
Colossal Monuments in the US
Most massive size sculptures commissioned in the US are for public display to mark an era or to honor personages in history. Most of these giant works of art are installed in public places for the appreciation of the public. One characteristic of these huge statues or monuments is to convey a grand and noble idea of a timeless nature. The following list contains the tallest statutes in the United States today. With a height of 151 feet, the Statue of Liberty is the undebatable tallest statue in the United States today. It was designed by French engineer and architect Gustave Eiffel and built in Liberty Island, New York Harbor, New York by sculptor Frederic Bartholdi. It is made of copper and completed in 1886. Pegasus And Dragon come in second located inside the Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida. It was designed by Mark Kara in bronze and has a height of 110.00 feet and 50 feet, respectively. Our Lady Of The Rockies is third with a height of 88.60 located in Butte, Montana. It is made of Stainless steel and designed by Laurien Eugene Riehl. It was completed in 1953. The Golden Driller at a height of 75.00 feet is fourth and located at the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is made out of concrete and plaster. Fifth is the Tuong Phat Quan Am monument at 72.00 feet located in Chua Vietnam, Sugarland, Texas. Mai Chi Kim designed and completed it in 1998. Sixth is the Brachiosaurus at a height of 70.00 feet located at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana. It is made of fiberglass and designed by Gary Staab in 2009. The United States Marine Corps War Memorial at a height of 68.00 feet is seventh located in Arlington Ridge Park, Arlington, Virginia. It is made of bronze and designed by Felix de Weldon. It was completed in 1954. Number eight on the list is the Giraffe at 67.60 feet located at the Dallas Zoo in Dallas, Texas. Bob Cassilly designed and completed it in 1997. It is made of plexiglass and bronze. A Tribute To Courage in Huntsville, Texas, is the ninth tallest statue in the list at 67.00 feet. David Adickies designed and constructed it out of cast concrete and completed in 1994. Tenth on the list is the Christ Of The Ozarks at 65.50 feet located in Magnetic Mountain, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Tourist Popularity by Visitor Count
Many public monuments in the United States get millions of visitors yearly, but some are too new to reach that number of visitors. Some of these tallest monuments are even unknown to locals except the most traveled and informed tourists. The Statue of Liberty is one of the most popular monuments in America today. It had about 3.2 million visitors in 2009. It has been a symbol of America's determination to welcome unwanted but deserving peoples from around the world, unwanted even by their own countries. The story of Ellis Island where the Statue of Liberty stands is that of America's original immigrants' journey to a land of freedom and plenty that continues to hold true for every immigrant that passes through the nation's immigration centers today.