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Christ of Ozarks statue turns 50

To celebrate, towering image gets $20,000 in touch-ups

By Bill Bowden

This article was originally published August 21, 2016 at 5:59 a.m. Updated August 21, 2016 at 3:59 a.m.

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The Christ of the Ozarks statue near Eureka Springs resembles the statue at Rio de Janeiro, but the arms on the Brazilian Jesus have a 27-foot-longer reach.

McKinley Weems, 95, of Eureka Springs uses his iPad to show photos of the construction of the Christ of the Ozarks 50 years ago.

The Christ the Redeemer statue stands above Maracana stadium Monday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Towering over Rio de Janeiro, the 98-foot-tall Christ the Redeemer statue has been on prominent display during the Olympics over the past two weeks.

McKinley Weems, 95, of Eureka Springs uses his iPad to show photos of the construction of the Christ of the Ozarks 50 years ago.

The Christ the Redeemer statue stands above Maracana stadium Monday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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ARMNAR says... August 21, 2016 at 11:02 a.m.

Why would a nasty anti-Semite like Smith build a big statue of a Jewish man?

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Lifelonglearner says... August 21, 2016 at 1:57 p.m.

From my first visit to Eureka Springs, I had suspected there was an FAA related reason that the proportions reminded me of a Simpsons cartoon character. Smith was determined to not let any darn gummint regulation keep his statue from being just as impressive as the one in Rio. And of course, it was also no surprise that everyone who visits has to walk past his equally over sized grave monument.

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