Christ the Redeemer, the historic statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will Light It Up Blue this year in honor of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2017!
Chris the Reedemer was first suggested in the mid-1850’s by Vincentian priest, Pedro Maria Boss. In 1922 the construction of the statue began and was sculpted by Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski. It took 9 years to build and officially opened on October 12, 1931.
The statue stands at 98 feet tall and it’s arms stretch out to be 92 feet wide. On July 7, 2007 it was selected as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
The illumination of Christ the Redeemer is supported by Mundo Azul, who will also be organizing a religious service in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day during the lighting ceremony of the famous statue. Mundo Azul is also organizing the seventh annual "Walk For Autism" in Leblon Beach. Last year, almost 7,500 people walked for autism awareness, and this year Mundo Azul hopes to surpass this number.