Italian saint, the stigmatic Padre Pio, is to get a new 200 ft (60.9-metre) high solar energy producing statue.
The statue will be coated in a special photovoltaic paint which will enable it to trap the sun's heat and produce solar energy making it an ecological icon, UK's Daily Telegraph reports.
It will cost several million dollars with the money to be raised from his followers around the world.
The planning and construction of the project, near the town of San Giovanni Rotondo in the southern province of Puglia, will be put out to international tender in the next few weeks.
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Italy to build solar-energy-producing statue of saint (Daily Telegraph)
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