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Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue was lit up as a doctor this weekend

Flags and messages of thanks also flashed up in tribute to medics around the world

Huw Oliver
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Huw Oliver

No end of poignant tributes have been made to medics around the world in recent weeks. But in perhaps the most dazzling (and surreal) homage yet, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro was projected with images of doctors and nurses over the Easter weekend.

Pictures of local health workers in scrubs also appeared during a light show on Easter Sunday, after the city’s archbishop held mass at the foot of the statue on Corcovado mountain. Messages of thanks flashed up in multiple languages, while the slogan ‘Fiquem Em Casa’ – ‘Stay at Home’ – emblazoned the statue’s right arm.

It follows a similar initiative last month when flags of badly affected countries were projected on to the statue in a stunning patchwork effect. All over the world, ‘claps’ for health workers have become a weekly, sometimes daily, occurrence. And Lady Gaga has organised possibly the most high-profile tribute to medical staff so far: the ‘One World: Together At Home’ global relief concert, which streams worldwide this Saturday, April 18.

One good thing that might come out of all this? We may never take our doctors and nurses for granted again.

Christ the Redeemer lit up as a doctorPhotograph: Courtesy O que fazer no Rio / Instagram

Christ the Redeemer lit up as a doctorPhotograph: Courtesy Paula Bezerra de Mello / Instagram

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