Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It was created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with French engineer Albert Caquot. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida fashioned the face.
The statue is 30 meters high, excluding its 8-metre pedestal. The arms stretch 28 meters wide. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. The Christ the Redeemer differs considerably from its original design. The initial plan was a large Christ with a globe in one hand and a cross in the other. Although the project organizers originally accepted the design, it later changed to the statue of today, with the arms spread out wide.
The statue weighs 635 metric tons, and is located at the peak of the 700-meter Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro.
In 1990, several organizations, including the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, media company Grupo Globo, oil company Shell do Brasil, environmental regulator IBAMA, National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage, and the city government of Rio de Janeiro entered into an agreement to conduct restoration work. More work on the statue and its environs was conducted in 2003 and early 2010.
A symbol of Christianity around the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil and was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
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