They stand like colossal dominos for about 13 kilometers through the middle of Jakarta's busiest streets. Cement pylons to support a planned monorail started sprouting after its start in 2004.
But by 2008 the state owned construction company overseeing the project walked away. The money had run out and land speculators made acquisitions tough.
"That's a sort of monument to failed planning," says Pak Tiko, who heads up one of the new government agencies charged with taking projects out of the hands of bureaucrats and seeking private investors.