Grand Bouddha Sakayamunee. Ang Thong, Thailande. 92 m (301 ft). Built in 2008.
“Who were these people? And why did they feel the need to commemorate themselves in stone?”
Fabrice Fouillet asked himself while standing before a massive monument. And it was that curiosity that spawned this series. Behold: these are the lesser-known wonders of the world.
Fouillet channels his love of architecture into his monument hunt series. He searches out odd and unusual landscapes, all of them dominated by massive statues which often seem to collide with the surrounding city.
Mother of the Fatherland. Kiev, Ukraine. 62 m (203 ft). Built in 1981.
Dai Kannon. Sendai, Japan. 100 m (330 ft). Built in 1991.
Amitabha Buddha. Ushiku, Japan. 110 m (360 ft). Built in 1993.
Mao Zedong. Changsha, China. 32m (105 ft). Built in 2009.
Christ Blessing. Manado, Indonesia. 30 m (98.5 ft). Built in 2007.
African Renaissance Monument. Dakar, Senegal. 49 m (161 ft). Built in 2010.
Jibo Kannon. Kagaonsen, Japan. 73 m (239 ft). Built in 1987.
Christ the King. Świebodzin, Poland. 36 m (120 ft). Built in 2010.
Grand Byakue. Takazaki, Japan. 42 m (137 ft). Built in 1936.
Guanyin. Foshan, China. 62 m (203 ft). Built in 1998.
Guan Yu Statue. Yuncheng, China. 80 meters (262 ft). Built in 2010.
Laykyun Setkyar. Monywa, Myanmar. 116 m (381 ft). Built in 2008.
The Motherland Call. Volgograd, Russia. 87 m (285 ft). Built in 1967.
Ataturk Mask. Buca, Izmir, Turkey. 40 m (132 ft). Built in 2009.
Alyosha Monument. Murmansk, Russia. 35.5 m (116.5 ft) Built in 1974.