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At 200 feet in length, 70 feet in height and with a wingspan of 150 feet, this is the biggest bird sculpture in the world.
The colossal concrete structure in the heart of Kerala in India, called Jatayu Earth's Center, took six years to build.
Brainchild - Filmmaker - Sculptor - Rajiv - Anchal
It was the brainchild of Indian filmmaker and sculptor Rajiv Anchal, who always dreamed of bringing the mythical bird Jatayu to life.
According to Hindu legend, Jatayu witnessed princess Sita being kidnapped by the demon king Ravana.
Jatayu - Ravana - Bird - Wings - Sword
When Jatayu tried to stop Ravana, he chopped off one of the bird's wings with his sword.
In keeping with the story, the concrete version of Jatayu only has one wing.
Fact - Back - Talons - Mouth - Signals
The fact that it's on its back with its talons curled up and its mouth open signals pain.
Anchal told The Hindu that he presented a model for this sculpture to the Department of Tourism while at art college in the 1980s.
Feedback - Organistion - Idea
Although he said he got positive feedback, the organistion didn't take him up on the idea.
However, years later, when a proposal for an eco-tourism project came up,...
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