Brazil's iconic Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) statue was lit red on Sunday to mark World AIDS Day.

The 98-foot tall statue of Jesus Christ is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world. The giant monument to Brazilian Christianity is located at the peak of the Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second largest city.

World AIDS Day has been observed on December 1 since 1988.

In the United States, a giant red ribbon was hung on the North Portico of the White House to mark World AIDS Day. In his annual proclamation, President Barack Obama stated that an “AIDS-free generation is within our reach.”

Construction on Brazil's Christ the Redeemer began in 1922 and lasted 9 years.

(Related: U2's Bono on World AIDS Day: The end is near.)