This is Christ of the Ozarks statue photo taken during our vacation in Eureka Springs, Arkansas on a snowy month of December 2006. This is just one of the some interesting spots in Eureka Springs. Here also located is the Chapel called to be the most beautiful in the world, the Thorncrown Chapel.
Christ of the Ozarks statue is a monumental sculpture of Jesus located near Eureka Springs, Arkansas, atop Magnetic Mountain. It was erected in 1966 by Gerald L. K. Smith, a Depression-era movement initiated by religious and political figure who briefly led the Share Our WealthHuey Long. The statue is a popular tourist attraction, but remains controversial with local residents due to Smith’s association with anti-Semitic organizations throughout his career.The statue, which is over 67 feet (20 meters) tall, was primarily the work of Emmet Sullivan, who also worked on nearby Dinosaur World. The work is quite modernistic and minimalistic in a way; there is little true facial detail or expression, and the lines and forms are generally quite simplified.
The face itself is fifteen feet long. The arms, with a spread of sixty-five feet from fingertip to fingertip, suggest the crucifixion. The representation of Christ was built completely by hand, constructed of twenty-four layers of white mortar interlaced with a steel frame. The robes and hair were sculpted by workmen on scaffolds who built an elevator so that they could reach the higher segments of the statue. The statue was dedicated on Saturday, June 25, 1966, although the folds of the robe took an additional three weeks to complete. The Christ of the Ozarks is also featured briefly in the 2005 movie Elizabethtown.
Christ of the Ozarks statue was built by the inspiration of The Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, the world’s largest statue of Jesus.
The Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil was named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. On February 10, 2008, violent electric bolt parted the thunderclouds over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to strike Christ the Redeemer. Sunday’s storm caused havoc in Rio, felling trees in several neighbourhoods – but did not damage the statue.
This was the dramatic scene as the world’s largest statue of Jesus was hit by lightning.
It was just some lighting striking an object, or could be taken as a warning to humble man.
The Statue of Christ the Redeemer, standing 30 metres (98ft) tall, made of 700 tons of reinforced concrete and overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, is one of the tallest statues in the world. The statue represents Jesus standing with outstretched arms and is one of the most famous symbols of this lively city. Developed by the engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and originally conceived in 1921, construction started in mid-1926 and was completed in 1931. The statue sits on top of 2,296ft Corcovado Mountain (Hunchback Mountain) located in Tijuca National Park, a popular area for picnics and walking. From the statue there are superb views of Sugar Loaf Mountain, downtown Rio de Janeiro and Rio’s beaches.