The 28-ft tall statue is one of the most visited shrines in the Wolverine State.
Think of impressive crucifixes and places like Rome or Jerusalem come to mind. Yet, the world’s largest crucifix is found amidst the woods of a pristine forest in Michigan.
The “Cross in the Woods” is the work of American sculptor Marshall Fredricks, who assembled the majestic wooden and bronze sculpture after being commissioned to create a much smaller piece (the original commission asked for a 6-ft tall crucifix).
Fredricks was asked to craft the crucifix by the parish of Indian River, a rural area that in 1946 was designated by Bishop Francis J. Haas of the Diocese of Grand Rapids as the place of worship for local parishioners who lived far away from the nearest church.