A 57-foot statue of the Buddhist goddess Quan Am may be the next big thing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after the city’s Board of Adjustment on Tuesday gave conditional approval for the construction of the statue on the grounds of Tam Bao Buddhist temple, according to the Tulsa World Daily here.
The vote on the board for 4-1. The lone dissenter said he thought the statue, located 100 yards from the street, was too close to the road.
The granite statue of Quan Am is planned to be 49 feet tall, standing on an 8-foot pedestal, giving it a total height of 57 feet, making it almost 6 stories tall and if erected will be the third tallest statue in the city.
FAA approval is required because the temple is located 1-1/2 mile from Harvey Young Airport and there is a concern that a structure of that size may interfere with aircraft operations.
Quan Am is also known by her Chinese name Kwan Yin. She is a motherly figure to Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists and is often depicted standing on a blooming lotus flower.
The move was not free of controversy. A number of people spoke in opposition to the project, including one City council member, Dennis Troyer.
The latter is quoted by Tulsa World as saying, “This is a deity which they worship, therefore making it a god, making it a deity, and that’s the difference. That is another reason why so many people oppose it.”
How dumb can a city councillor get??? Of course it’s a deity that people worship! It is a temple, for crying out loud!
What else would Troyer rather have people do at a temple? To sell cattle, sheep, and doves, and exchange money (John 2:13-16)???
Tulsa has two other statues taller than this. One is a statue of praying hands located on the campus of Oral Roberts University, at 60 feet, and, towering at 76 feet is a statue of the Golden Driller, pictured right, looking like it is no more than 10 yards from the road.
The Tulsa World once ran a graphic below comparing the heights of the three statues: