A giant new statue of Christ is being constructed in southern Brazil. The statue, to be named Christ the Protector, will stand 43 meters (140 feet) tall, including its pedestal, making it one of the world’s tallest statues of Christ. It will have an interior elevator and an observation deck near the top. A head and outstretched arms were added this week to the statue, which has been under construction since 2019 in the city of Encantado, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Only the Jesus Buntu Burake statue in Sulawesi, Indonesia, at 52.55m including its pedestal, and Christ the King in Swiebodzin, Poland, which is 52.5m high including its mound, are taller. The project is intended both to inspire faith and encourage tourism to the area.
The project’s budget of 2 million reals ($350,000) is being entirely financed through donations. A father-son team of sculptors, Genesio and Markus Moura, are overseeing the work. Completion of the monument is scheduled for late this year, according to the Association of the Friends of Christ, which is coordinating the work. Adroaldo Conzatti, the politician and city mayor who conceived the idea, died in March from coronavirus complications.