$325m sculpture in Abu Dhabi tipped to be world's biggest

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 10:10 hrs

Very soon, Abu Dhabi may hold the record for the world's biggest sculpture.

Bulgarian-born artist Christo is planning to build the world's biggest sculpture - made out of 400,000 multi-coloured oil barrels - in the desert 161 kilometres away from Abu Dhabi, News.com.au reported.

The 150 metre flat-topped pyramid, which will be marginally taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza, will take 30 months and hundreds of people to build.

It's hoped the 325-million-dollar Mastaba sculpture will become a landmark for the region.

Inspired by the colours of the desert and the tall sand dunes, Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude came up with the idea 30 years ago but its completion has been delayed by conflicts in the region.

"When the sun rises, the vertical wall will become almost full of gold," the website quoted Christo as saying about the artwork.

Christo, who's best-known for wrapping everyday items including bottles in sheets or other fabric, is collaborating with Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al-Nayhan, the crown prince's elder brother and the royal family is said to be "very excited" about the project.

A German company has been commissioned to supply the coloured barrels. (ANI)

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