The Christ Redeemer

The person that made the Christ Redeemer

The statue Christ the Redeemer was designed by Paul Landowski. He was a Polish Frenchman and had already gained worldwide attention for his works on other monuments. He hired Gheorghe Leonida to sculpt the head including the face. The man responsible for constructing the statue on top of the mountain was Heitor da SIlva Costa a Brazilian civil engineer. Heitor was the actual person who got the project started. He was instrumental in achieving all aspects of the statue from the beginning to the completion. It was from his original drawing in 1922 that the statue was realized.

When it's was made

The Christ Redeemer statue was started in 1926 and completed in 1931. The statue

stands 98 feet with a width of 92 feet and weighs 635 tons. The statue is made of wooden beams with reinforced concrete designed by Albert Caquot, a French engineer, with an exterior covering of soapstone. It stands on top of mountain named Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

When it was approved

In the 1850s vincentian priest Pedro Maria Boss said that a Christian monument should be built on Mount Corcovado to honor Princess Isabel. But it would take nearly 70 years before a monument representing Christ would be approved. It wasn't until 1921 that the Roman Catholic Church decided that a statue of Christ should be built. The church requested donations from the community only.

The background of the statue

The Christ Redeemer statue was cleaned and renovated in 1990 and 2007. The statue has been struck by lightning several times. In 2008 it was struck by lightning once again. The hand, eyebrows, and head were damaged, including massive chunks of the soapstone up to 25 pounds, caused by this act of nature. Pollution has also taken its toll on the statue has well. Repairs took almost 2 years to complete which included replacing the missing soapstone tiles, concrete, and installing a new lightning rod. Unfortunately in 2010 vandals spray painted graffiti on the statue. The Mayor made it a crime against the Nation and sent out a reward for the culprits. Realizing their actions the vandals turned themselves over to the police.

How much it cost to build

The overall cost of the statue was $250,000 in 1931. It's the 5th largest Jesus statue in the world. The statue was nominated and won a place as one of the 7 new wonders of the world in 2007. It is also the largest Art Deco style sculpture in the world and the first mosaic tile covered statue.