You’ve seen that Christ the Redeemer statue sitting outside of Rio de Janeiro. It’s pretty damn big — 124 feet tall, including the pedestal, to be exact.
Well, photographer Lee Thompson is in Rio covering the World Cup and got the permission of the Brazil tour board to climb to the top of it and take the shot you see above.
Holy hell, Batman!
That looks like quite the tumble if you were to catch the wrong gust of wind.
Here’s Thompson’s recounting of it.
With the assistance of two high-wire workmen, (and armed with Go Pro cameras) we entered through scaffolding mounted on the feet and crawled in circles up 12 flights of rickety stairs that seemed to get narrower with every step.
Twenty minutes into the climb I reached the heart of the Christ made from beautiful Mosaics. After what felt like an eternity of pressing heat and pitch darkness, we finally reached the small compartment in Christ’s shoulder. I grabbed the rope and pulled myself along the smooth soapstone up into the head of the statue where we carefully opened the hatch. My heart was pounding with excitement and I couldn’t wait another second.