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Jesus Statue in Brazil

the story of christ the redeemer

The famous Rio de Janeiro statue is the earth’s biggest Art Deco-style artwork.  The giant Jesus statue in Brazil is composed of strengthened concrete and is coated in a patchwork of thousands of triangle tiles made from soapstone. It rests on a stone pedestal foundation that is roughly 8 meters in height and is located on a platform above the mountain’s peak.

paul landowski (1875 - 1961)

Paul Landowski became well-known worldwide after a series of sculptures in Paris. He designed Christ the Redeemer in 1931.

history of the sculpture

In 1920, the Catholic Circle of Rio submitted a second proposal for a giant Jesus statue in Brazil atop the summit, after their first proposal was rejected.

history of the sculpture

After reviewing Landowski’s suggestions, a panel of engineers and technicians decided that creating the framework of strengthened concrete rather than steel would be more appropriate for the cross-shaped sculpture.

restoration efforts

In 2010, a four-month renovation concentrated on the sculpture itself. The original light stone is no longer in adequate supply, and substitute stones are becoming darker in color.

scale and proportion

Christ takes on the appearance of a man, with human dimensions but super-human or superman stature. From a distance, the statue seems to be a cross in the heavens.


The materials used to build the Christ the Redeemer monument are bright in hue, radiating light from the sun, moon, and nearby spotlights.

construction & preservation

Designers anticipated ongoing maintenance by including interior rooms with entry doors to various portions of the monument. Professional cleaning businesses have been observed washing the tiles while riding a hand.


The symbol of the crucifix is forever prevalent on a mountaintop as a commemoration of the crucifixion and a representation of God’s light.


Heitor da Silva Costa designed the monument. It’s possible that the open concept was the brainchild of Carlos Oswald, who worked with da Silva Costa on the finalized versions. Landowski created scale versions of the concept at his workshop in France.

one of the 7 wonders of the modern world

The Jesus Christ statue in Brazil was selected as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World in 2007, defeating the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, which was just one of 21 candidates. The Brazilian monument is not as ancient and is smaller than Lady Liberty, but its felt presence is strong – the statue is everywhere in this South American metropolis.