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Maitreya Statue scheme

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Whinney McKay-Lewis has released images of its competition-winning design for a 152m tall, £100 million bronze Buddha statue to be built in the flood plain of the Indian Himalayas.The Maitreya Statue scheme, to be built with Mott MacDonald will be built in Bodhgaya by January 2005 in a 16ha park. It is being designed to withstand extreme conditions - temperature changes, high winds, earthquakes and pollution - for 1000 years. Equivalent in height to a 50-storey building, the design for what will be the biggest statue in the world beat off an entry from Hyett Salisbury Whitely and Homa Fajardi.

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