A 20 meter statue of Jesus Christ has been struck by lightning.* It was made of plastic foam* and fiberglass* over a steel* frame. Everything but the frame was completely burned.
The statue was completed in 2004 and stood in front of the evangelical Solid Rock Church in southern Ohio, USA. It was clearly visible from the freeway.
On the one hand, that brought a lot of visitors to the 4,000 member church which was founded* by former* horse trader Lawrence Bishop and his wife. On the other hand, the statue was widely ridiculed* and earned many humorous nicknames from passing* motorists.
It was called Touchdown Jesus, because the arms were upraised*, similar to a referee's* signal for a touchdown* in American football, Swamp Jesus because it appeared to be rising out of the churches baptismal pool, and Big Butter Jesus because of its yellowish color.
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