Rio Christ statue renovations complete
Rio Christ statue: The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro has undergone a $4 million renovation.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ statue is back in plain sight after a four-month renovation.
Scaffolding had encircled the mountaintop monument that overlooks Rio's white-sand beaches as workers repaired its eroded face and hands.
The $4 million renovation to the 125-foot (38-meter) Christ the Redeemer statue was funded through public and private donations.
In April, vandals spray-painted phrases like "when the cat is away, the mice play" on the statue. Officials said it was the first act of vandalism to occur on the statue erected in 1931.