As you look up at the colossal stature of Jesus, “Christ the Redeemer” cradled in the Tijuca National Forest of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, you may smell jasmine, freesia, guava, passion fruit and pineapple intermingled with the scent of green mountains. We have been inspired and blended Eastern amber, passionfruit, and cucumber to capture this spectacular physical portrayal of the cross and Christ protecting the world with a loving embrace, one of the new 7 Wonders of the World.
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer, a colossal statue of Jesus, stands atop Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro. Its origins date to just after World War I, when some Brazilians feared a “tide of godlessness.” They proposed a statue, which was ultimately designed by Heitor da Silva Costa, Carlos Oswald, and Paul Landowski. Construction began in 1926 and was completed five years later. The resulting monument stands 98 feet (30 meters) tall—not including its base, which is about 26 feet (8 meters) high—and its outstretched arms span 92 feet (28 meters). It is the largest Art Deco sculpture in the world. Christ the Redeemer is made of reinforced concrete and is covered in approximately six million tiles. Somewhat disconcertingly, the statue has often been struck by lightning, and in 2014 the tip of Jesus’s right thumb was damaged during a storm.