China’s second-largest city is getting more than it paid for the construction of the largest piece of cement in the world: an 80-foot-tall steel sculpture that cost $8.5 million to build and will rise to $17.4 million when it opens later this year.
The China Construction Bank has given the new tower the prestigious title of the world’s largest composite art, with the city estimating the cost at $16,6 million.
The sculpture, made of basalt, will rise from the ground, a process that takes more than a year to complete.
The Chinese capital’s first steel-framed skyscraper, the Great Hall of the People, was completed in 2004.
It was the first concrete sculpture of its kind in China.
The Shanghai Tower will be Shanghai’s tallest structure, at 2,200 feet.
The building is expected to open in late 2020 or early 2021.
The construction of Shanghai’s newest skyscraper will bring the city’s total number of tall buildings to a staggering 1,000.
It will also be the world second-tallest building after the World Trade Center in New York.