On this day in 1931, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor), which overlooks, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was inaugurated. The monument was created as an icon of faith to celebrate the Centenary of Brazilian Independence of 1922.
"God lives right here in Rio," singer Dionne Warwick said. "I felt something special seeing the statue of Christ on top of the mountain with his arms open."
Planned by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and sculpted by Frenchman Paul Landowski, the beautiful, steel-concrete statue is located atop the Corcovado ("hunchback") Mountain and rises 710 meters (2326 feet) above the sea.
With open arms, a gesture of "blessing, protection, and power," embracing all, the statue is 30 meters (100 feet) high. Its outstretched arms measure 28m (92.4 feet), from hand to hand. Landowski took over two years to create the head and hands, which were designed proportionately with plaster molds.
Covered in a mosaic of soapstone, the figure at night is dramatically illuminated with floodlights. At the pedestal is a chapel for 150 people. To help others reach the belvedere with it's remarkable panoramic view of the city, three glass elevators and four escalators were installed in January 2003.
"Snuggle in God's arms," urged psychologist Kay Arthur. "When you are hurting, when you feel lonely, left out...let Him cradle you, comfort you, reassure you of His all sufficient power and love."
Where is He? Right There.