MONROE, Ohio - Almost two years since a recognizable Jesus statue burned down along I-75, construction plans are being finalized for its replacement.
The popular Jesus statue — often called “Touchdown Jesus” or “Big Butter Jesus” — at the Solid Rock Church burned down in June 2010 when lighting struck the 62-foot-tall landmark. The new statue will begin to take shape in July.
Sculptor Tom Tsuchiya designed the new statue as a standing Jesus with outstretched arms, which makes it look like he is walking on the water in front of the Solid Rock Church in Monroe. The statue’s name changed from "Come Unto Me" to "Lux Mundi" – which means "Light of the World."
The original statue was constructed out of Styrofoam, wood and fiberglass resin, and it caught on fire after the right hand of the statue was struck by lightning during severe thunderstorms. To prevent the new 50-foot-tall landmark from a similar fate, the design includes a lightning rod and fire resistant materials.
Church representatives say their efforts to rebuild the statue were rejuvenated when leaders say they often heard stories from travelers about how they found strength when they saw the statue.
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