The stunning, bronze statue of Christ the King was installed at Christendom’s new chapel on Thursday, June 29, taking its place as the centerpiece of the piazza outside the chapel. The statue, which was created in Spain, stands at approximately eight feet tall and weighs over 1,250 pounds, serving as a powerful reminder of Christ’s Kingship.
The statue is the latest to be installed at Christendom’s new Christ the King Chapel, following the installation of the Pietà this past May. The Christ the King statue is an original work that was designed over the course of many months in Cordoba, Spain, beginning with a clay maquette. Once the maquette was approved, it was scaled and carved into a large wooden model, with artisan Edwin Gonzalez finishing the statue.
Once the wooden model was finished, it was sent to a foundry to be cast in bronze. While this was being undertaken, the crown for the statue was designed and completed by a jeweler that worked above Gonzalez’s shop in Cordoba, with that crown eventually cast in bronze as well. Upon completion, the statue was sent from Spain to Christendom’s campus in Front Royal, Virginia, with Rugo Stone installing the statue in the Piazza of Christ the King.
The Christ the King statue is one of 10 original life-size sculptures being crafted by Gonzalez for Christ the King Chapel. Following the installation of the new Christ the King Statue, other sculptures, including the Death of St. Joseph, Anthony of Padua, and six adoring angels will be finished and installed as well.