Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue was designed by a Balinese artist, named Nyoman Nuarta. Plans for the statue was the idea when the Governor of Bali, Ida Bagus Oka and Director General of Tourism Joop Ave. However, the construction of the statue was halted in October 1997. When that happens kejolak Indonesian economy, the financial crisis, and the reason for termination of the statue which will be the largest in Indonesia. When the monetary crisis occurred, the price of raw material for the statue to be very expensive, so it strayed very far from the original budget. Since the process is stalled until now, has achieved 16 years of sculpture was not done.
When initial construction Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue, just completed the head and body of Vishnu, the head of birds. The statue is made of bronze. When the statue was completed, the statue will equal the height Liberti in the United States.
Around the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue was built gallery space facilities, amphitheater, restaurants and souvenir corner. Planned that this statue will be completed by 2016. And will be a phenomenal statue in Bali, which can be seen from all directions.