No redemption for Brazil London Olympic statue idea

February 1, 2012

Avril Ormsby – Reuters, 01/31/2012

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and Primrose Hill in London. Photograph: Getty Images/AP

It is a symbol of peace around the world, but the statue of Christ the Redeemer which stands high above Rio de Janeiro is causing an unholy rumpus in one of London’s most fashionable neighbourhoods ahead of this summer’s Olympics.

The Brazilian national tourist board is looking to erect a temporary replica of the 40-metre high art deco statue near the summit of Primrose Hill in north London as part of a package of promotional activities to mark the handover of the Olympic mantle from London 2012 to Rio 2016.

Some living in the London district, home to leading opposition Labour lawmakers, authors, actors and models, are in favour of a temporary statue in the area, with its panoramic views over the British capital, but others said they will fight it.

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Brazil plans to build Christ the Redeemer replica statue in London

January 26, 2012

The Guardian, 01/26/2012

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and Primrose Hill in London. Photograph: Getty Images/AP

Visitors clambering up Primrose Hill to enjoy the panoramic views of London‘s skyline may soon be uttering “Jesus!” … and they would be right.

The Camden New Journal (CNJ) reports on a secret plan to build a replica of Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue, close to the summit of Primrose Hill.

The scheme, which has yet to get planning permission, is the idea of the Brazilian government, which will also meet the cost, to mark the moment Rio, host of the 2016 Olympics, takes on the mantle from London.

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Brazilian city lights up in red for World AIDS Day

December 2, 2011

AFP, 12/02/2011

The statue of Christ the Redeemer, atop Corcovado Hill, is lit in red to commemorate World AIDS Day in Rio de Janeiro (AFP, Antonio Scorza)

Brazil’s second city Rio de Janeiro has marked World AIDS Day by lighting 10 of its monuments in red, including its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer.

“It’s a way to remind the population that AIDS has yet to be cured and that condoms are the only way, technically speaking, to fight the AIDS virus and other sexually transmitted diseases,” said Carlos Tufvesson, Rio de Janeiro’s sexual diversity coordinator.

On Saturday, Rio will offer tests to the public to detect the HIV and syphilis viruses at 185 health centers in the city. Results will be provided within 10 days.

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Rio marks 80 years of Christ statue

October 11, 2011

Helmet Reuter – Pretoria News, 10/10/2011

The statue of "Christ the Redeemer" is seen atop scenic Corcovado mountain during a restoration ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on June, 30, 2010. Reuters

Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro is about to throw a big party to celebrate the 80th birthday of its Christ the Redeemer statue, an icon of the city and of all of Brazil.

Wednesday’s celebration will be “a big bash. I promise,” says Father Omar Raposo, head of the pilgrimage site which was given the status of a Catholic sanctuary in 2006.

Millions of people have visited the 38-metre white statue opening its arms above Brazil’s second-largest city on top of the 710-metres-high Corcovado Mountain.

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Fears Brazilian clout could dominate Peru

July 13, 2011

Franklin Briceno – Associated Press/Miami Herald, 07/12/2011

LIMA, Peru — The towering statue of Jesus on a cliff overlooking the Pacific looks, at first glance, eerily like Rio de Janeiro’s majestic Christ the Redeemer, a famed icon of Brazil on the Atlantic side of the continent. The resemblance is not accidental.

To many Peruvians, the new statue that rises 118 feet (36 meters) has become a potent symbol of Brazil’s growing commercial and political influence in this Andean nation and across South America.

It was sculpted and assembled in Brazil and its $1 million cost footed almost entirely by the Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht.

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