Ohio Artists Selected to Design New Jesus Statue

November 1, 2010 - 7:47 PM

Monroe, Ohio (AP) - Two Cincinnati artists have been selected to design the replacement for a giant Jesus statue destroyed by lightning last summer.

The 62-foot foam and fiberglass bust of Jesus overlooked a highway in southwest Ohio and was one of the area's most familiar landmarks. It sat in front of the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati. It was destroyed June 14 when a lightning strike sparked a fire.

The statue was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way its arms were raised, similar to a referee signaling a touchdown.

The Hamilton JournalNews newspaper reported Monday that Steve Brauch and Tom Tsuchiya were chosen to design and sculpt a new 51-foot statue depicting Jesus' full body.

Church officials say the statue should be completed by spring or early summer.