Towering Buddha statue gets go-ahead for Australia coast
After waiting 17 years, the Nan Hai Pu Tuo Temple, in Sellicks Hill, South Australia, has finally gotten the official go-ahead to erect an 18-meter (59-foot) standing Buddha statue and a even taller pagoda, set to tower over the coastal landscape at a height of 35 meters (115 feet). The statue and pagoda will be constructed as part of an overall project to develop a 55-hectare site into a Buddhist retreat, as well as a tourist attraction. The statue was originally to be cast in bronze, but because of concerns about the caustic effect of the sea air, it will now be fashioned from granite in China, and shipped in pieces to Australia. Temple organizers expect the statue to be completely assembled by February 2015.