(Monroe, OH) -- The 51-foot, 32,000 pound statue went up Wednesday, with little difficulty, according to Solid Rock Church administrator Ron Carter. The first statue was a torso, reaching up to the sky. This one is of Jesus standing, arms outstretched. Carter says they accepted artists' designs from across the country, and decided to go with this one.
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The first statue was destroyed by fire, caused by a lightning strike. This new statue is made from more fire-resistant materials, and has a lightning rod installed.
Carter says they're planning a dedication ceremony and celebration the evening of Sunday, September 30.