A 38-meter high statue of the Santa Maria la Antigua, the patron saint of Panama, will be erected on the Amador Causeway as part of the commemorations that surround 500 years of Catholicism on mainland America. The announcement was made recently by Archbishop of Panama, Monsignor Jose Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, who is also the president of V Centenary of the First Diocese of Terra Firma Commission.
The land was donated by the Office of the First Lady, Marta Linares de Martinelli. The plot is located in a privileged location, such that the statue will be able to be appreciated from many points throughout the capital city.
The Brazilian sculptor, Felix Sampaio has been selected to create the piece. He has 30 years experience and is a specialist in religious art. The work will stand upon a pedestal six meters tall inside which a space will be used to host religious activities.
Around the statue pedestrian spaces, bike paths and green spaces will enjoy an illumination system that will also light up Santa Maria so she can be appreciated at night.
The Brazilian construction company Odebrecht donated the engineering plans, as well as the base on which the statue will be erected. The sculpture will be divided in five modules of 6.40 meters each. The sculptor will have to work the fiberglass pieces separately prior to assembly. It is expected that the project will be ready in 2014.
The Catholic Church is currently collecting money to pay for the work. Those interested in making a donation may do so presently depositing into account number 03-01-01-002402-2 at Banco General in the name of Iglesia Católica-Arquidiocesis de Panama.