From a reader:
"This is the 'Beautification of Cristo Rei' project.
The fresh paint is nice and bright, but the rubbish left behind is even more colorful. Of course the rains will wash that away, but then it will make an encore visit on the beaches and on the reefs.
There used to be quite a lot of trees on the beach and along the steps, but perhaps those are just too messy.
And there is currently a very large pile of broken marble from at the base of the statue...I can only hope this doesn't get pushed over the side too.
Guess it's time for the UN to schedule one of those clean up days again......but not until the beautification project is complete....that's when it will really be needed."