Count Stefano Rivetti and Professor Bruno Innocenti had frequent, fruitful exchanges of views about the meaning to be expressed by the statue.
Stefano Rivetti had very clear ideas about the concepts and values that the monument was to embody: love, humility, faith and hope.
The statue would have to symbolise these ideals and virtues, which would be infused into its concrete realisation.
The statue, when viewed from a distance, was to look as if it faced the sea; but it would actually be oriented towards the inland and the Basilica, facing mankind, because:
“God became a man for us.”
It would not rest on a pedestal, because:
“Jesus came among us in humility, to be with us.”
Its feet would be bare and would rest directly on the ground, because:
“Jesus came poor, but shows us the way.”
Its arms would be open in a broad gesture of invocation towards the sky, because:
“Christ in his infinite mercy unites us to the Almighty God.”
Its face would be young, serene, without any trace of suffering, utterly timeless, because:
“Christ is Resurrection.”
Lastly, in the intention of its deviser and patron, the monument, in that location and position, was meant to represent the rebirth of Maratea and of Southern Italy, the land he loved so much.