One of the world's most reknowned sculptures is getting a face-lift.
The Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil is undergoing renovations to protect the 130-foot tall monument from environmental damage. The iconic sculpture was voted one of the seven modern wonders of the world in 2007.
"We are analyzing the materials in a laboratory and trying to see which material would be most appropriate for the statue in this location," architect Diogo Carlos said. "We are also looking into the possibility of placing a silicone coat over the statue, which will help preserve it longer."
Lightning often strikes the monument, which sets at an elevation of nearly 2,300 feet in Rio de Janeiro.
The statue was first inaugurated in 1931. The renovated monument is scheduled to be inaugurated in June.