Quirky and Offbeat Attractions in Arkansas
By Amanda Galiano, About.com Guide
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Christ of the Ozarks - World's Tallest Uncrucified Christ
What can you say about a seven story high Jesus? He is a part of the "Great Passion Play" and was built entirely by hand. It was sculpted in 1966 by the late Emmet Sullivan. The Passion Play website says he helped build Mount Rushmore. He also helped build the now closed Dinosaur World in Arkansas. The Christ statue is more than 67 feet tall. At the thickest portions, the statue is made of 24 layers of mortar on a steel frame and weighs over two million pounds. The foundation, which is virtually welded into the rock of the mountain, required 340 tons of concrete interlaced with steel. During construction, the framework of the statue was completely surrounded by scaffolding. Workers had to build an elevator up the side of the framework in order to reach the statue's higher segments. Taller than most humans, the hands from wrist to fingertip measure approximately 7 feet. The statue's arm spread from fingertip to fingertip spans 65 feet.