Historical Events  Geography
Christ the Redeemer

A different perspective?

This one is a very strange false memory - some are saying the famous Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, brazil has shrunk from the size they remember and others are saying it has grown!

Work on the statue began in 1922 and was finished in 1931. It weighs 635 tons and is instantly recognisable everywhere on earth - it's even one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Yet those who swear it's size has changed remember it very differently in the past.

One explanation could be striaghtforwards - there are so many places to take photographs of it which contain people, that some may appear to show them closer, whereas others show them further away. Whilst this could happen anywhere, the statue, if viewed from below looking up, would be unusual in that, from several angles, there is no background to frame it's size against, and so using the people on the ground as the reference could create a kind of optical illusion magicians are very familar with.