“It is a day for celebration, for devotion,” said Gilson Conzatti, a local councillor and son of Adroaldo Conzatti, the politician who conceived the idea.
The elder Conzatti, who was the city’s mayor, died in March from complications of Covid-19.
The statue, to be named Christ the Protector, will stand 43 metres tall, including its pedestal, making it one of the world’s tallest statues of Christ with outstretched arms.
It will measure 36 metres from hand to hand, and will have an interior elevator and an observation deck near the top.
Christ the Redeemer, in comparison, measures 38 meters high, pedestal included, and spans 28 metres hand to hand.
It will mark its 90th birthday this October.
Encantado, a city of 22,000, lies 145km northwest of the state capital Porto Alegre.
The project is intended both to inspire faith and encourage tourism to the area, its promoters say.
A father-son team of sculptors, Genesio and Markus Moura, are overseeing the work.
The project’s budget of 2 million reals (€295,000) is being entirely financed through donations, according to the volunteer-based Association of the Friends of Christ.
The group is continuing to raise funds. Its website even features the raffle of a car.