Heitor da Silva Costa

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Heitor da Silva Costa (July 25, 1873 – April 21, 1947) was a Brazilian civil engineer, designer and constructor of the Christ the Redeemer monument in Rio de Janeiro. The statue stands at 98 feet tall.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, he became a civil engineer and was professor at the Polytechnic School of Rio de Janeiro (Escola Politécnica da UFRJ) during the time he designed the Christ the Redeemer. He won the tender to design the monument in 1923 and spent time from 1924 to 1927 in Europe to come up with the final designs.[1]