Friday photo: Body of Christ, head of Christ

A crane lifts the head of what will be the world’s largest statue of Jesus Christ in Swiebodzin, western Poland, on Nov. 6, 2010. Father Sylwester Zawadzki told AFP that the statue he is constructing will be finished by Nov. 21. ‘The statue will be a total 58 metres (190 feet) high from the base ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images
JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images

A crane lifts the head of what will be the world's largest statue of Jesus Christ in Swiebodzin, western Poland, on Nov. 6, 2010. Father Sylwester Zawadzki told AFP that the statue he is constructing will be finished by Nov. 21. 'The statue will be a total 58 metres (190 feet) high from the base and 24 metres wide at the arms,' added Jan Zawadzki, foreman on the project and brother of the priest. Like Christ of Concordia in Bolivia and the Christ of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil -- both of which measure about 33 metres without their pedestals, the Christ of Swiebodzin is entirely white.

A crane lifts the head of what will be the world’s largest statue of Jesus Christ in Swiebodzin, western Poland, on Nov. 6, 2010. Father Sylwester Zawadzki told AFP that the statue he is constructing will be finished by Nov. 21. ‘The statue will be a total 58 metres (190 feet) high from the base and 24 metres wide at the arms,’ added Jan Zawadzki, foreman on the project and brother of the priest. Like Christ of Concordia in Bolivia and the Christ of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil — both of which measure about 33 metres without their pedestals, the Christ of Swiebodzin is entirely white.

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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