Public Art : Daibutsu (Great Buddha). Also known
as Amida Buddha
Sculptors : © Ono Goroemaon and Tanji Hisatomo
Description : An enormous bronze Amida Buddha statue.
Originally the 13.35m high statue was gilded and if you look very closely you can still see evidence of it,
especially around the Buddha's ears. There is still some debate as to whether this is really the
original statue constructed in 1252. The 93 ton statue is hollow so you can actually view the Buddha from
inside.The statue once had thirty-two bronze lotus petals at its base but only four remain, and they are no longer
in their original position. During the great earthquake of 1923 the base of the statue was destroyed and then later
Date Unveiled : c.1252
Location : The Daibutsu is located in the Kōtoku-in
temple in Kamakura, Japan. It won't be hard to miss and the locals will be quite happy to give you directions.
History of the Daibutsu :
Trivia : The Daibutsu is earthquake proof. During
restoration in the 1960's work was done to protect it from earthquakes.