Amazing Photos of Huge Monuments Seen From Surprising Perspectives

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French photographer Fabrice Fouillet’s ongoing project Colosses is more than just a survey of statues. It is, in his words, “a study of the landscapes embracing these monumental commemorative statues.” Fouillet traveled around the world to find enormous states of artistic, political, or religious importance, and considered them in relation to their surroundings: “How can they fit into the landscapes, despite their excessive dimensions and their fundamental symbolic and traditional functions?” Here are ten of his most striking photos; check out the entire project at his website.

Jibo Kannon. Kagaonsen, Japan. Image credit: Fabrice Fouillet

The Motherland Call. Volgograd, Russia. Image credit: Fabrice Fouillet

Laykyun Setkyar. Monywa, Myanmar. Image credit: Fabrice Fouillet

Alyosha Monument. Murmansk, Russia. Image credit: Fabrice Fouillet

African Renaissance Monument, Dakar, Senegal. Image credit: Fabrice Fouillet.

Christ Blessing. Manado, Indonesia. Image credit: Fabrice Fouillet

Grand Byakue. Takazaki, Japan. Image credit: Fabrice Fouillet

Dai Kannon, Sendai, Japan. Image credit: Fabrice Fouillet

Guan Yu, Yuncheng, China. Image credit: Fabrice Fouillet

Ataturk Mask, Buca, Izmir, Turkey. Image credit: Fabrice Fouillet

[h/t Design Taxi, via Fabrice Fouillet]