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Strange But True

Monday 30 Jan 2012

Iconic statue to be replicated for Olympics

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01/02/12 Anil, Colombo
Here is something worth considering Penned under inspiration by Isaiah in Chapter 44 even many years before the birth of Christ Jesus. May it enlighten all those who are considering this - (Taken from K J V 2011)
9 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed. 10 Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? 11 Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together. 12 The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint. 13 The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. 14 He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. 15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto. 16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: 17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.
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Christ the Redeemer to rise on Primrose Hill? 

Plans for the erection of a 30ft replica statue of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer near the summit of Primrose Hill, London were uncovered this week by local paper Camden New Journal. The news source has allegedly witnessed a series of confidential emails between those on the design team and a select group of Primrose Hill residents which outline the plans of the Brazilian Government to manufacture an imitation of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue with arms outstretched in London in recognition of Brazil’s selection to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

Once the designers - thought to be Camden-based studio See Me, Hear Me, Feel Me Ltd with planning consultants Dalton Warner Davis - have completed their initial interviews with local residents, a planning application will be submitted to Camden Council in February. The Camden New Journal asserts that all those involved have been sworn to secrecy as the Brazilian Government wishes to reveal the statue after the 2012 London Olympic Games so that ‘there is a “wow” factor - and a big surprise - for people living nearby’.

The original statue of Christ the Redeemer (or Cristo Redentor) was constructed between 1922 and 1931 by French sculptor Paul Landowski and Brazilian engingeer Heitor da Silva Costa at the peak of the Corcovado Mountain. With arms outstretched, the image of Christ the Redeemer is a symbol of peace and was erected in recognition of Brazil’s Christian population. It is 39.6m at the tallest point, weighs an astonishing 635 tonnes of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and can be viewed from almost every point in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Plans for an effigy not even a quarter of the original’s height on London’s Primrose Hill have met a largely negative response, with Londoners posting comments on an online article from the Evening Standard announcing the concept. Diana Johnson argues: “The Brazilians’ proposals are in themselves plain daft… The area’s many religions include significant members of the Jewish, Moslem, Hindu and other faiths; can just see the chaos if everybody suddenly demands parity with the Christian totem.”

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