I have to admit that I often saw pictures of the Statue and thought it was wonderful, but never knew It’s Name or why it was built until I saw our Simone Biles being interviewed by Bob Costas (8/16/16) on her Olympic success, mentioned that they (The Final Five) wanted to see it. (I thought it was a movie) and looked it up (What A Surprise!) and wanted to share the information. It’s WONDERFUL!
How Christ The Redeemer statue came to dominate the Rio skyline: Fascinating photos show how iconic statue was built and the story behind it
- It was built after Brazilians feared a lack of God in their lives after Church and state separated in a republic
- Designed in the early 1920s before opening in 1931, the designs kept changing during construction phase
- The architect said: ‘We were marching towards… artistic failure, without being able to go back’
- Located more than 700 metres (2296.59 feet) above ground, the statue is 38 metres (124.672 feet) high with an arm span of 28 metres (91.8635 feet).
It has become the symbol of the host city of the 2016 Olympic Games, towering over Rio De Janeiro as athletes from around the world compete below.
But the Christ The Redeemer statue – sitting 700 metres (2296.59) above the city’s beaches and favelas on Corcovado mountain – has a life story worthy of Olympic legend.
Inspired by bolstering Christianity in the wake of Brazil becoming a republic at the end of the 19th century, the 38-metre (124.672 feet) high statue was still being designed and crafted by a team of artists, engineers and architects from across the world while being built atop the mountain during the 1920s.
Workers were marching towards ‘inevitable artistic failure’, as Brazilian architect Heitor da Silva Costa reportedly said, without being able to go back.
But they kept moving forward. And the result is one of the most memorable religious, cultural, tourist and photographic sites on the planet.
Workers had to scale scaffolding during the construction phase of the project during the late 1920s and early 1930s
The scaffolding looked precarious during the construction phase (left) before it came down for the statue’s opening (right)
Construction of the Christ the Redeemer project in progress as a plane flies by over the Rio De Janeiro waterfront below
The photo shows the incredible height of the mountain location, allowing the statue to be viewed from multiple vantage points around Rio De Janeiro.