Repairs may mean darker hue for Rio's iconic Christ statue
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue, facing renovation after being struck by lightning last month, could take on a darker hue owing to a shortage of replacement stone, heritage officials said Sunday.
The 38-metre (including the pedestal) statue, named in a 2007 global poll as one of seven new wonders of the world, lost a fingertip to a lightning bolt during a January 22 storm.
But the repair work has prompted concerns over a much bigger overhaul planned for the 85th anniversary of the monument, which coincides with the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The city's Archdiocese wants to refurbish its soapstone mosaic outer shell - but that means finding six million small tiles of the same kind of stone.