The Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko gave instructions to the search space to install 80-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ the work of the sculptor Zurab Tsereteli. About it reports a press-service of the Governor.
Treatment of a possible placement of the sculptures of Christ really came in the government of St. Petersburg, the report States. However, the information that “the Governor of St. Petersburg has been instructed to search for a place to install a 80 meter tall statue of Jesus Christ the work of the sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, “not true”. No decisions on the installation of the monument “St. Petersburg Governor or by the government of St. Petersburg has been taken,” the report States.
At the same time in the same report said that Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Igor Albin “instructed” the Committee for city planning and architecture to consider the possible sites for placement of sculpture.” Suitable sites for its installation, which are directly adjacent to protected zones” of the city, is not revealed. And the areas on which to establish a monument of Tsereteli is located close to the administrative borders of St. Petersburg, the report said.
“Against officials who exceeded the powers delegated to them by the dissemination of information is checked”, — stated in the message.
8 July it became known that the Committee for city planning and architecture of St. Petersburg is considering the possible placement of the statue of Christ. A corresponding instruction to the Committee came from Poltavchenko, have informed “Interfax” with reference to the press service of the Committee.
A possible installation of the statue of Christ reacted in the Russian Orthodox Church. There called “in any case” not to put in St. Petersburg this sculpture, as it will cause damage to the architectural image of the city. Archpriest Alexander Pelin also noted that the installation of 80-meter-high statue of Christ is not “part of the Orthodox tradition.”