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Kitsch and Craft on Bali

ADRIAN VICKERS


Wooden Garuda statue, paint on wood.

Bali is to get a new statue. This in itself should not be so sensational – it seems like every intersection and vantage point on the island has been filled with Revolutionary heroes and fat baby gods over the past five or six years. The difference is that this statue, of the Hindu God Wisnu riding on the Garuda bird, will be 125 metres high, occupy 100 hectares of land, and be covered by tonnes of gold. Aside from the questions…

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