The structure of a giant new statue of Jesus Christ has been completed in southern Brazil – with the final design slated to rise even higher than the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer.
Under construction since 2019 in the city of Encantado, Rio Grande do Sul state, a head and outstretched arms were added this week.
It will stand even higher than the already world-famous statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro, which was built 90 years ago and will be restored later this year.
Completion of the monument is planned for the end of this year, according to the Association of Friends of Christ, which is coordinating the work.
“It’s a day of celebration, of surrender,” said Gilson Conzatti, a councilor and son of Adroaldo Conzatti, the politician who came up with the idea.
The elder Conzatti, the city’s mayor, died in March of the effects of Covid.
The statue, dubbed Christ the Protector, will be 43 meters high, including its base, making it one of the tallest statues of Christ in the world with arms outstretched.
It will measure 36 meters from hand to hand and will have an indoor elevator and observation deck near the top.
In comparison, Christ the Redeemer is 38 meters tall, including the pedestal, and stretches 28 meters from hand to hand.
Encantado, a city with 22,000 inhabitants, is 145 kilometers northwest of the state capital, Porto Alegre.
The project aims to both stimulate faith and promote tourism in the region, say the project sponsors. ‘
A father-son team of sculptors, Genesio and Markus Moura, oversees the work.
The project budget of 2 million real (£ 256,000) is funded entirely by donations, according to the Friends of Christ Volunteer Association.
The group continues to raise funds. A car is even being raffled on his website.