A brief history of the LDS Christus Statue:
Originally sculpted by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1768-1844). The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints commissioned a replica for the 1964-1965 Worlds Fair in New York City. The replica was sculpted by Aldo Rebachi of Florence, Italy.
Now days, the Christus statue may be found in many of the LDS visitor centers around the world. The most famous being in the Salt Lake Temple Visitor Center. It which the Christus Statue is surrounded by the heavens, planets and stars. It is a magnificent representation of the Savior Jesus Christ’s majesty and immortal work.
Christus Statues may be found is some of the following LDS Visitor Centers: New Zealand; Hawaii; Mexico City; Washington, D.C.; and Mesa, Arizona; and of course Salt Lake City, Utah.
Why does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints use and display the Christus Stuatue? It is a representation of the foundation of their faith, even Jesus Christ. His hands are outstretched and bidding all to come unto him.