Corpus Christi, Texas will soon be home to the largest cross in the entire Western Hemisphere.
The Corpus Christi Cross Project has been working towards erecting the giant religious symbol for over three years now. The idea was thought up by Pastor Rick Milby of the town’s Abundant Life Fellowship, who was inspired by the 170-foot-tall cross built by Sagemont Church in Houston. There are many other extra-large crosses in towns across the state, including a 190 ft.
There are many other extra-large crosses in towns across the state, including a 190-foot version in the small town of Groom. In true Texas style, this new cross will be even bigger than its predecessors.
The new landmark will stand at 210 feet, and will be made of 5/8-inch cold rolled steel.
“The cross bar on the cross will be 95 feet wide,” Pastor Milby told KRIS-TV. “It will be 12 feet in diameter. The cross is so massive and so tall it will have a two foot deflection at the top, it will actually sway in the wind two feet back and forth.”
This massive project also comes with a massive price tag. Milby says that the cross will cost over $1 million and a year to complete. So far, the group has collected $142,000 from its supporters. Those who donate will be recognized engraved pave stones placed at the foot of the cross.
When it’s completed, the 19-story-tall cross will be visible by planes flying into the town’s international airport, and will be visible on land for nearly five miles. This impressive project will likely become a big attraction for both the growing city once it’s completed.
You can find out more about the project and its progress at the Corpus Christi Cross Project website.