Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Christ of the Ozarks,Eureka Springs, Arkansas

We first saw Christ of the Ozarks when we took the tram tour and were standing on the balcony of The Crescent Hotel and Spa. That makes one want to see it up close.
Our guide told us that it is one of the most visited attractions in the Ozarks. It's located on the grounds of The Great Passion Play complex, and it overlooks the village of Eureka Springs.
It really is massive [it stands 7-stories high!]. It was completed and dedicated in 1966. It was sculpted by the late Emmet Sullivan who was one of the artisans who sculpted Mount Rushmore.
We were told that there are no poured segments; every inch of the sculpture was built by hand. The foundation is welded into the rock of the mountain and required 340 tons of concrete interlaced with steel.
During construction, they had to completely surround it with scaffolding, and the workers built an elevator up the side of the framework so they could reach the higher segments.
The statue is made of 24 layers of white mortar on a steel frame; it weighs over two million pounds!
The statue's hands [from wrist to fingertip] measures approximately 7 feet, and the arm spread spans 65 feet.
By Kay Lyons
You'll be glad to hear that the Christ of the Ozarks is open to the public 24 hours each day of the year, and it is FREE.
Note that autos are limited to a parking area several yards from the grounds so you have to use a gently sloping paved walkway to get close to it.
As you can see from the 2nd photo, it is difficult to capture the entire statue up close unless you have a very complicated and expensive camera.
Directions: On the grounds of the Great Passion Play

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