Monroe, Ohio: Giant Hug Me Jesus52-foot-tall Hug Me Jesus replaced Touchdown Jesus, which was destroyed by lightning and fire in 2010.
- 904 North Union Rd, Monroe, OH
- I-75 exit 29. Hwy 63 east about a mile, then left on N. Union Rd. The Solid Rock Church is about a mile on the left. Jesus faces west toward the interstate.
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While Jeebus #2 doesn't have the same impact as Jeebus #1, I can't complain, as the same holds true for That Car #3. It is still worth the stop. Just next door is a flea market with 100+ fiberglass elephants, giraffes, dinosaurs, and more.[Greg Phelps, 01/14/2013]
Greg visited Touchdown Jesus (i.e. Jeebus #1) in 2010 with That Car #2 (his previous art car). The flea market offers tempting raw material for a possible That Car #4.
Locals refer to the statue as "Five Dollar Footlong Jesus," from the Subway commercials.[Karik, 12/15/2012]
Modern Jesus won't settle for loaves and fishes; he wants loaves and delicious deli meats.
Officially named Lux Mundi (Latin for "Light of the World"), Hug Me Jesus was erected in September 2012. He is 52 feet tall and replaces Touchdown Jesus, officially named Light of the World, who briefly lit up southwestern Ohio when he burst into flames after being struck by lightning in June 2010. The new giant Jesus is roughly the same height as the old one, but is built of more skyfire-resistant material and topped with a lightning rod, an aesthetic compromise that unfortunately had been rejected with his predecessor. Hug Me Jesus stretches his arms toward Interstate 75 as if inviting a cuddle, and was created by local sculptor Tom Tsuchiya, who had previously designed the National Football League Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 09/20/2012]