Photographer's Note

The statue of Christ Redeemer was designed by the French sculptor Paul Landowski, and constructed by the engineers Heitor da Silva and Albert Caquot in 1931. The statue is made of reinforced concrete and faced with soapstone (with spotlights on the statue there is a bluish glue). The statue measures 30 m (98 ft), but with its pedestal of 8 meters (29 ft) height, it stands a full 38 m (125 feet) above the peak of the 710 m (2329 ft) Corcovado Mountain. An unforgettable video shows recent Repair Work on the Statue. If you are faint of heart, do not watch this video!

Between 19 December 2015 and 8 January 2016 I made three visits to the incomparable Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. The first time was on New Years Eve when the Crystal Symphony was anchored in the Bay of Rio, and we saw New Year's Eve Fireworks from the sea. The second visit was on 2-3 January when we stayed overnight on the ship and strolled up and down the Copacabana Beach taking in the sites. The sky was overcast and the city's two iconic hills — Sugar Loaf and Corcovado — were both obscured by clouds. The third and most successful visit occurred during 5-8 January when we stayed in a hotel on the Copacabana, and spent a whole day with Trekearth friend, Paulo Carvalho. Picking us up at 8.00 in the morning, Paulo gave us 12 hours of his time, taking us all over the magnificent city that will host the 2016 Olympic Games. Shortly before closing hours, we were atop the peak of Corcovado where the statue was intermittently appearing and disappearing in the clouds. This was my favorite of a score of images, especially with the glow of the setting sun just at its feet. I apologize for the noise in the photo. I shot the scene with an iPhone 6 Plus, instead of a dedicated camera.

Finally, it is common knowledge that lately the economy of Brazil has not been very healthy. In the Workshop, see the cover of "The Economist" magazine shows how Christ Redeemer expresses his frustration.

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