A giant statue of Christ the Redeemer, styled after the famous symbol of Rio De Janeiro, could be erected on the summit of Primrose Hill, reports Camden New Journal. The Messianic adornment would be installed after the Olympics, to mark the handover of the games from London to Rio, who will host the 2016 event.
The 9-metre-high statue would be funded by the Brazilian government. Further details, including the exact location and the longevity of the installation have not yet been revealed. A planning application will be submitted to Camden Council in February, and is likely to provoke keen interest from truculant locals.
Coincidentally, the scheme comes to light at exactly the same time as Alain de Botton’s proposed tower of atheism, notionally to be built in the City of London. It’s also not the first giant monument proposal for the hill. This 1830′s scheme would have seen a titanic pyramid erected in the area to house 5 million bodies.