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« on: October 31, 2015, 05:34:22 am »

Colossus of Rhodes could soon be rebuilt
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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."


   
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2015, 05:37:08 am »

Push to build a new Wonder of the World — Colossus of Rhodes 2.0
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An artists’ concept of what a new Colossus of Rhodes could look like. Source: Colossusrhodes.com
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BUILD it and they will come? A group of architects want to reinspire Europe by rebuilding one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World — the Colossus of Rhodes.

But the team stresses they do not want to build a replica of the original bronze structure of a warrior standing over the entrance of the ancient city’s harbour.

Instead, they want to construct a 150-metre tall “reimagining” of the wonder, based on the ambitions and vision of the original 2200-year-old monument.

They want to crowdsource its funding through the internet.

It will still be a colossal statue. It will still be a lighthouse. But it will we sheathed in a bronze-coloured skin that doubles as solar panels.
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Grand vision ... The ‘reinterpreted’ Colossus, which is proposed to be a new library and museum in Rhodes. Source: Colossusrhodes.comSource:Supplied

The team says they aim to “put back on the map the island of Rhodes beginning with the restoration of its historical value.”

The enormous structure, which would dwarf the Statue of Liberty, would mainly serve as a library and museum “to bring out to light the hundreds of archaeological findings forgotten in the storerooms of the island.”

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A new push to rebuild the Colossus has been gaining momentum for several years, with the Mayor of Rhodes — Fotis Hatzidiacos — stating last last year that negotiations were underway to identify a site for the new structure.

A previous attempt, in 2000, failed to garner enough financial support.
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Inside story ... Architects propose the interior of a new, much bigger, Colossus could be used as a museum and library. Source: Colossusrhodes.comSource:Supplied

TOWERING INSPIRATION

The original Colossus was one of the most ambitious construction projects of history, and the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

It is believed to have been about as tall as the Statue of Liberty which overlook’s New York’s harbour.

Like the Statue of Liberty, the awe-inspiring Colossus also held a torch.

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Little clue remains as to how it looked, except for a few surviving accounts from ancient documents. These tell of a glistening naked man, with a cloak over one shoulder, a torch in one hand and a spear in the other.

It was built in 280BC as a lighthouse for Rhodes harbour — then a major trading hub — to thank the Greek sun god Helios for the defeat of a 40,000-strong invading army.
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Lost in time ... Exactly what he Colossus looked like, and where it stood, has been lost. But popular representations of it standing astride the harbor entrance are unlikely. Source: SuppliedSource:Supplied

The fleeing force abandoned most of its weaponry and supplies. The equipment was sold and the proceeds used to fund the immensely expensive project. But the bronze weapons and siege machines were melted down for use in the statue itself.

Standing on a white marble base, ancient sources say its bronze plates were attached to an iron and stone frame.

But the 30m tall statue stood for just 56 years.

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An earthquake toppled the massive bronze edifice.

It lay on the ground for almost 900 years until Rhodes fell to an Arab invasion in 654AD. Almost all of the surviving metal was then recovered and recycled.

Only the carved stones used to form the base are believed to survive — also reused in the construction of a fort at the entrance of the harbour.
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Lost in time ... Exactly what he Colossus looked like, and where it stood, has been lost. But popular representations of it standing astride the harbor entrance are unlikely. Source: SuppliedSource:Supplied

The fleeing force abandoned most of its weaponry and supplies. The equipment was sold and the proceeds used to fund the immensely expensive project. But the bronze weapons and siege machines were melted down for use in the statue itself.

Standing on a white marble base, ancient sources say its bronze plates were attached to an iron and stone frame.

But the 30m tall statue stood for just 56 years.

DISCOVERY OF THE CENTURY? Is Queen Nefertiti hidden in Tutankhamun’s tomb?

An earthquake toppled the massive bronze edifice.

It lay on the ground for almost 900 years until Rhodes fell to an Arab invasion in 654AD. Almost all of the surviving metal was then recovered and recycled.

Only the carved stones used to form the base are believed to survive — also reused in the construction of a fort at the entrance of the harbour.
Colossus construction

http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/push-to-build-a-new-wonder-of-the-world-colossus-of-rhodes-20/story-e6frfqbr-1227587744640
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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2015, 05:50:30 am »

Well guys, not to rain on the parade: first, we have no idea what the Colossus looked like, so we cannot "rebuilt", all we can do is built something and call it the "Colossus". We have no idea where the thingy stood and this story is ghosting around for at least 25 years without anything happening. The most sensible proposal, to use old Drachma copper change to build it, was dropped due to lack of money (though at the time a few more million in new debt would not have hurt the Greek government). So, don't hold you breath...
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