A multi-national team from Greece, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom plan to rebuild one the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes.
The mission statement of the Project's website, ColossusRhodes.com, reads:
The idea began to take shape in the plans and intentions of the new architect from Rhodes, Ari. A. Palla, after the eruption of the financial crisis in Greece. Watching the increased unemployment shattering the dreams and aspirations of a whole generation, he decided to create a group of new colleagues from different European countries.
The main aim was to try moving in a new direction, presenting new solutions different from the strategy of the austerity across Europe that put its citizensthrough difficult times.
Antoni Gaudi in 1878 proposed the same, but with modern technology, this can become a wonder of the modern world. The new proposed structure, loosely based on the ancient historical statue of the sun god, Helios, that stood nearly 60 years and loomed 40 meters over Rhodes ancient harbor (some say it straddled the entrance) will supposedly stand 150 meters high (nearly 500 feet) and topped with a museum and restaurant for tourists to enjoy. In keeping with modern technology and in the spirit of low carbon footprint, the skin of the statue is to be golden solar panels, providing the power (from Helios himself) necessary to illuminate the vast interior of the grand structure.
Should this monument ever become reality, it will surely be a new beacon of golden age to come for Greece.