Lima mayor: No Christ statue to overlook coast

AP News
Posted: Jun 13, 2011 10:02 PM
Lima mayor: No Christ statue to overlook coast

The mayor of the Peru's capital may have spoiled President Alan Garcia's plans to erect a huge statue of Jesus similar to Brazil's iconic Christ the Redeemer on a hill overlooking Lima's Pacific coastline.

Lima Mayor Susana Villaran says Garcia didn't ask her before announcing on Friday his intention to have "Christ of the Pacific" put up for a June 29 inauguration. The statue will be 22 meters (72 feet) high and stand atop a 15-meter (49-foot) base.

Villaran has criticized its suitability and lack of originality _ it resembles the famed Rio de Janeiro work.

She told reporters Monday there are plenty of other places to put it besides in her coastal city, such as along the nearly completed Interoceanic highway that will link Peruvian with Brazilian ports.