DIRGANTARA, MONUMEN

 

Also called Dirgantara Sculpture, it was the embodiment of Soekarno’s idea at the end of his term. He wanted “dirgantara” sculpture to be made, which symbolized Indonesian space people depicted as mighty figures valiant to explore space. Only because he wanted to immediately see the sculpture standing gloriously, he bore the cost by himself by selling his own private car and directly supervised this work. His desires could not be realized due to the outbreak of G30S/PKI. In addition, there were issues that this sculpture was a device to scribe the eyes of PKI people and Bung Karno strongly denied this and responded with its establishment. 

This monument began building in 1964-1965. The making of this sculpture is a milestone in the history of Indonesian aviation, which began since the Dutch occupation. However, since the physical revolution in 1945, there were already those who could fly planes. Moreover, we could already produce them; not only commercial planes, but also military planes were also manufacture. This monument was established on the roundabout on Jl. Gatot Subroto (in front of AURI headquarters). It is a strategic area, which is the South Jakarta gateway from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. This sculpture is tall enough that it can be seen from every direction, has philosophical meaning as a symbol of courage, knighthood and aerospace with honesty, bravery, and the passion to serve.  

This monument was made by Keluarga Area Yogyakarta sculptor based on the plan of Edhi Sunarso and architect Ir. Sutami. The base materials used is 11m of bronze, reaching 11 tons in weight, 27m tall feet, taking one year to build. This bronze statue casting was made by the Yogyakarta Decorative Artistic team led by I. Gardono.

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