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Repairs may mean darker hue for Rio's iconic Christ statue

Published on Feb 3, 2014 7:00 AM
 
Aerial view of the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Dec 3, 2013. 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. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

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.

 
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