Karnataka deputy chief minister C.N. Ashwathnarayan has said that the 108-feet-tall bronze statue of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda will be installed in front of Bengaluru international airport by next year. He said it is being made at Noida at a cost of nearly ₹85 crore.
The foundation stone of the project was laid last year. The statue will be installed in a 23-acre heritage park that will come up at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, he added.
Renowned sculptor and Padma Bhushan awardee Ram Vanji Sutar is designing the statue at his Nodia studio. Sutar had built the ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat and the statue of ‘Gandhiji’ in Bengaluru.
“Due to Covid-19, the work got delayed. The statue will be ready by next year. The expenses will be Rs 85 crore,” the deputy CM told reporters after reviewing the progress of the statue.
Talking about the progress of the project, Sutar said, “Right now, we have finished the neck level of the statue, which is approximately about 80 feet high, using high density thermocol and CNC programme.”
Once the thermocol statue is ready, the design moulds will be taken using clay and Plaster of Paris, he said.Two different models, including sand casting, will be followed while making the statue, he added.