Christ the Redeemer Statue

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Overview:

Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue was struck by lightning recently, and the photos of the lightning went viral on social media.

About Christ the Redeemer Statue:

  • Location: It is located at the summit of Mount Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil
  • It depicts Christ standing with his arms crossed and looking at the city.
  • It was completed in 1931 and stands 98 feet (30 metres) tall.
  • Its horizontally outstretched arms span 92 feet (28 metres).
  • It is made of reinforced concrete and is the largest Art Deco-style sculpture in the world.

 

What is Art Deco?

  • Art Deco, also called style moderne, is a movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in the 1920s and developed into a major style in western Europe and the United States during the 1930s.
  • It is a modern art style that attempts to infuse functional objects with artistic touches
  • This movement is different from the fine arts (painting and sculpture), where the art object has no practical purpose or use beyond providing interesting viewing.
  • Art Deco works are symmetrical, geometric, streamlined, often simple, and pleasing to the eye. 
  • Art Deco design represented modernism turned into fashion
  • Its products included both individually crafted luxury items and mass-produced wares.

 


Q1: What is reinforced concrete?

Reinforced concrete is a combination of traditional cement concrete with reinforcements (steel bar). This combination is made to utilize the compressive strength of concrete and tensile strength of steel simultaneously.

Source: Lightning Strikes Brazil's Christ The Redeemer Statue, Pic Stuns Internet