Many of the greatest statues in the art world are made of marble; masterpieces like Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, Alexandros of Antioch’s Venus de Milo and of course, Michelangelo’s David.

What the statue should look like when finished

What the statue should look like when finished

Now, another marble statue of an icon is about to be unveiled, and this time, it’s a statue of the legendary and iconic RX-78-2 Gundam (more on Gundam here at SGCafe through this link).

This piece is sculpted by the people over at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music for the TOKYO Gundam project 2013 summer Festa which will be held from July 30 until August 22, 2013. The statue was carefully and painstakingly sculpted over a period of six months by the university’s sculpture department. The statue alone measures approximately 1.5 meters tall on its own and 2.7 meters if the base is included.

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The 1/12 scale statue was made as a symbol to promote sports. This comes as Tokyo is preparing to present its bid for the 2020 Olympic Summer and Paralympic games. According to the official Gundam website, the Gundam statue is purposely posed like an Olympian warrior ready to “start”. Japan is one of the host candidates for the 2020 Olympics alongside Istanbul, Turkey and Madrid, Spain. The announcement for the winning candidate will be made on September 7, 2013.

The statue will go alongside the life-sized model of the RX-78-2 Gundam in Odaiba.

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