MONROE, Ohio (WDTN) - It's been more than two years since the so-called "Butter Jesus" burned to the ground after it was hit by lightning, but now a new statue is being built at a Miami Valley company.
The original statue was a staple at Solid Rock Church near I-75 in Monroe.
Display Dynamics Inc., here in Clayton, gave us a first look at the new Jesus statue, titled "Light of the World."
The statue is still being built here at the company. Display Dynamics, Inc. partnered with Solid Rock Church in January of this year after the previous company dropped out of the project.
The new statue will be 52 feet tall, weighing about 7 tons with a wing span of 35 feet.
The previous statue had Jesus' hands above his head, however the new sculpture will have his hands down by his waist. It's already being called "Hug Me Jesus."
It will also contain a lightning rod to try and prevent it from burning down again.
Display Dynamics, Inc. says they hope to have the new Jesus statue installed at Solid Rock Church by the end of the September.
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