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Since the statue at Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) on The Bukit in south Bali will be one of the locations visited by attendees at the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting in October 2018, the development is currently being put into overdrive.

“The statue will be finished in July 2018,” said Wayan, one of the officers at GWK, last week, as reported by Detik.

The statue that depicts the God Wisnu riding Garuda is not the continuation of the old statue that was started many years ago in the GWK complex, but has been started from scratch. The old statue will be left in its current position.

The construction is being made in separate places not far from the location of the statue towering above Jimbaran.

When the statue is completed, it will become the icon of Bali tourism with the total height of the statue reaching 120 meters and the Garuda wingspan 64 meters. The statue can already be seen from all over south Bali and when finished will be taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York. The statue is made of copper and steel and weighs approx. 4,000 tons.

The sculptor, designing and overseeing the entire project, Nyoman Nuarta said earlier today, via Instagram, that the main part of the statue has already been completed and now the legs and chests of the statue are in process. The chest section was being lifted into place today.

“The statue’s chest is now being installed. This part of the installation is very difficult. Hopefully all will run smoothly and safely,” wrote Nyoman on his Instagram earlier today.

15,000 delegates attending the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting will be making the Island of Gods busier than normal in October 2018. This annual event is attended by the Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors of 189 countries.