Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 12, 2016 / 18:28 pm
A well-known Mexican artist is collecting millions of keys for an unusual reason.
He will use the keys to create a 16-foot-tall bronze statue of Pope Francis.
The statue's design shows Francis holding in his left hand a white dove as it takes flight.
Pedro Francisco Rodriguez, a famous sculptor in the Juarez area, is in charge of the project. To collect the bronze keys, project volunteers have placed containers in different shopping centers. All people who want to participate can drop off their keys there. Any shortfall in material will be completed by donations from local businesses, Father Hesiquio Trevizo, a spokesman for the Diocese of Juarez, said at a January press conference.