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An Indian Sculptor With Monumental Ambition

He may be history’s most prolific monumental sculptor, and now he hopes to win what may be one of history’s largest artistic commissions.

Ram V. Sutar, 89, has already created more than 200 distinct statues, many of them massive. Now, he is a leading contender for the commission to produce the world’s largest statue: a 597-foot-tall rendering — which would be nearly twice as high as the Statue of Liberty — of Sardar Patel, an independence leader who played a crucial role in uniting India’s fractious states.