Concrete is one of the most versatile materials in the world of construction. It lends itself to all kinds of projects, from architecture to artwork. With that in mind, we realize you might not be aware of some of the most impressive pieces of Concrete Art in the world.
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Monumen Nasional (Monas)
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Located in Central Jakarta, Indonesia, this obelisk monument honors Indonesian independence, achieved in 1945. This towering structure was built from 1961 to 1975. It reaches a staggering 433 feet and is topped with a flame covered in gold foil. The foundation is made of over 500 concrete piles. Architects Frederich Silaban and R.M. Soedarsono built this monument as a vision of philosophies with lingga and yoni. Lingga resembles a rice pestle and yoni resembles a rice mortar—both important tools in Indonesian culture.
Continuity (Colossus of Frankfurt)
In 1986, artist Max Bill constructed this gorgeous piece of art from concrete and granite. It can be viewed on the Deutsche Bank at Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Bill’s work is based on mathematical and geometric foundations, combined with intellectual processes that resist symbolism. Continuity weighs an impressive 66 tons—no wonder it’s earned the nickname Colossus! In addition to creating this amazing piece, Bill also organized the first international exhibition of Concrete Art in 1944.
Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor)
This integral part of the Rio de Janeiro skyline was designed by Heitor da Silva Cost and sculpted by Paul Landowski. It measures an astounding 98 feet tall, with arms that stretch 92 feet wide. As a result of its size and reputation, Christ the Redeemer was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Weighing in at 635 metric tons, it is also the largest Art Deco statue in the world. This wonder is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. It was certainly built to last!
While these structures might not traditionally be regarded as art, they’re wonderful to behold. Each piece of concrete art featured in this article serves as a testament to the strength and durability of concrete. It also proves that one of the most rugged materials on Earth can also be aesthetically-pleasing.
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