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Colossus of Rhodes could soon be rebuilt

October 30, 2015 | Comment icon 36 comments



The original Colossus stood for only 56 years. Image Credit: Marten van Heemskerck
Architects are planning to rebuild the enormous bronze statue that stood at the harbor of Rhodes.
One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the original Colossus of Rhodes would have been a sight to behold. Standing 30 meters tall, the exact appearance of the statue has long been lost in the mists of time but according to surviving records it was a "glistening naked man" wearing a cape over one shoulder and carrying both a torch and a spear in its hands.

Sadly though the Colossus was destroyed by an earthquake after standing for only 56 years.

Its remains were believed to have been left at the site for over nine centuries before the metal was eventually recovered and recycled following the Arab invasion in 654AD.

Now however it looks as though the famed statue could rise again - or at least a modern take on it.
An international group of architects is looking for online funding to help construct a huge 150-meter "re-imagining" of the Colossus based on the ambitions of its original builders.

To bring the statue in to the modern age its outer skin would be covered in solar panels and its interior would serve as a library and a museum housing archaeological finds from the island.

This isn't the first time such an endeavor has been proposed either - back in 2,000 something similar had been planned but due to a lack of financial support it ended up being scrapped.

"The determined aim is very ambitious: to rebuild the Colossus of Rhodes, the God of Sun, taking into consideration the modern standards," the project's organizers write.

"The purpose of the project is not to propose a copy of the original, bronze, 40 meters high structure, but to arouse the same emotions that visitors felt, more than 2200 years ago."



Source: News.com.au | Comments (36)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #27 Posted by highdesert50 7 years ago
Perhaps a more "modest" proposal would be to seek funding to research the original and build a model or models and museum chronicling the research process. Sometimes the process is more profoundly telling than the product.
Comment icon #28 Posted by questionmark 7 years ago
Perhaps a more "modest" proposal would be to seek funding to research the original and build a model or models and museum chronicling the research process. Sometimes the process is more profoundly telling than the product. Problem there is that the only piece of documentation we actually have is that of the sale of the copper to an old metal trader after it crashed in an earthquake... for everything else: not an iota of evidence.
Comment icon #29 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Instead of trying to build a "re-imagining" that is 150 meters tall, why not do something that is do-able and build a 30 meter tall Colossus that reflects the best guess from records from ancient times? Cost a whole lot less and bring in exactly the same amount of tourists.
Comment icon #30 Posted by questionmark 7 years ago
Instead of trying to build a "re-imagining" that is 150 meters tall, why not do something that is do-able and build a 30 meter tall Colossus that reflects the best guess from records from ancient times? Cost a whole lot less and bring in exactly the same amount of tourists. That would be very "un-Greek". Think big, built bigger or procrastinate until you can.
Comment icon #31 Posted by acute 7 years ago
I bought a Colossus of Rhodes on eBay last week. I thought it was a miniature but it wasn't, now I've got nowhere to put it! Seriously though... I think a virtual rebuild, viewable online for a fee, would be a better idea.
Comment icon #32 Posted by acute 7 years ago
Thinking about it... A physical rebuild should increase tourism, while an online recreation (and virtual museum) would generate income from around the globe. So, BOTH would be good!
Comment icon #33 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
That would be very "un-Greek". Think big, built bigger or procrastinate until you can. Spend a LOT of money and hope for the best, eh?
Comment icon #34 Posted by Erowin 7 years ago
I LOVE this idea, but I'm a huge sucker for big fantastical architecture projects. Even if it was just a re-imagining of the legend and not based on ancient sources, having a giant statue straddling the harbor that you could go inside is super cool and something I would totally try to go to. I hope they build it!
Comment icon #35 Posted by Harry_Dresden 7 years ago
I LOVE this idea, but I'm a huge sucker for big fantastical architecture projects. Even if it was just a re-imagining of the legend and not based on ancient sources, having a giant statue straddling the harbor that you could go inside is super cool and something I would totally try to go to. I hope they build it! ...it seems kinda tacky to me.
Comment icon #36 Posted by chris6a2 7 years ago
Seems like a good addition to one of the world wonders no? I found a similar article on this site... http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/project-launched-revive-colossus-rhodes-wonder-ancient-world-004364


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