A Colossus for London

The Spirit of Man by Lewis Pollock

[image via colossusoflondon.com]


When I get an email from a reader with subject line including the phrase “A Colossus fo London,” my interested perks. Now this particular colossus, properly known as “The Spirit of Man,” is a 320 ft high anthropomorphic tower proposed by London-based sculptor and modelmaker Lewis Pollock. Let me say that again: a 320 ft high anthropomorphic tower. For a little perspective on things, that’s the exact height of Big Ben and more than twice the height of the planet’s reigning colossus, The Statue of Liberty. Part building and part sculpture, it’s difficult to tell exactly how this edifice is occupied by looking at the three ft tall scale model (pictured), but I’m going to venture to say that the ribcage is a likely destination for London tourists looking to get a view out over the Thames. Oh and one more thing: much like “The Most Awesome Building in the Universe“, The Colossus of London can be set on fire…you know, for special occasions. With a great debt to the Wickerman, this habitable effigy is skinned in a network of natural gas pipes that ignite the building for, in the words of the sculptor, “certain agreed national festivals.” And in the unlikely event of a Godzilla-like monster or giant robot attack, The Spirit of Man will animate to kick monster / robot ass….but in a civil, distinctly British way. Full figure shot after the jump. Continue reading “A Colossus for London”

Colossus of Rhodes: Redux

[The Colossus of Rhodes by Salvador Dali]

What is it about giant anthropomorphic statues that so captures our imagination? Is it the astonishing craftsmanship? The audacious use of material? Or perhaps it’s the primal thrill of seeing our bodies represented at the scale of a god? Whatever the reason, no statue in history has provoked more wonder than the Colossus of Rhodes. Recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes continues to intrigue despite —or perhaps because of—a convoluted history full of speculation and conflicting physical descriptions that’s often more myth than fact. Nonetheless, the mind reels at the thought of its possible reconstruction: historic sacrilege or inspired recreation? The best answer is, of course, somewhere between. Continue reading “Colossus of Rhodes: Redux”

Less Hadid, More Giant Women

The Architecture Foundation recently announced that they’ve called off plans for construction of a permanent London address. Program development will continue, but due to the current economic slump, their new Zaha Hadid-designed home was scrapped — and Life Without Buildings couldn’t be happier. Nothing against the AF or Ms. Hadid, but the aggressive design left us wanting, and paled in comparison to the sexy simplicity of Lacaton Vassal’s proposal.



Yes, it’s another Giant Woman Friday.

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James and the Peach Giant

Because it’s been way too long since we’ve shown any giant statues on Life Without Buildings:

[image via The Cool Hunter]
“Ella” can be found lounging in the middle of Sydney, Australia. Made from 24,000 peaches, she is the delicous embodiment of Ella Baché’s motto, “skin good enough to eat” and the best way I can think of to launch into the weekend.

&#183 Ella Bache – Peaches [The Cool Hunter]
&#183 Gigantor Protects Kobe [LWB]

Gigantor Protects Kobe

Gigantor, Gigantor, Gigantor.

Gigantor the space aged robot,
Is at your command.
Gigantor the space aged robot,
His power is in your hand.

He’s bigger than big, taller than tall,
Quicker than quick, stronger than strong.
Ready to fight for right, against wrong.

Gigantor, Gigantor, Gigantor.

Is it wrong that I remember the entire theme song? Newsarama reports that Kobe, Japan will soon be the proud home Gigantor. The 18-metre high statue will serve double duty as both a memorial marking the birthplace of Gigantor creator Mitsuteru Yokoyama, and a massive, MASSIVE tourist attraction. Rest assured, the Kobe Koban will be on the highest alert to ensure that Gigantor’s remote doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

For testing purposes and zoning review, the nation’s top robotic experts and giant-statue-ophiles have created this highly technological, precisely-scaled approximation of the Gigantor Statue:

Locations have yet to be announced for Voltron and Mecha-Godzilla statues.