Statues - Hither & Thither

United States of America
Fort Lauderdale
Florida

Port Everglades, Marinelli Gardens
(Eller Drive)

Christopher Columbus

Enzo Gallo
Fonderia d`Arte del Chiaro
1987

Fort Lauderdale /  Christopher Columbus   Fort Lauderdale /  Christopher Columbus

Description

Bronze statue between two marble semicircles on which are mosaics. On the back of the semicircles lists of names "In Honor" and "In Memory".
The mosaics:

Left Mosaic  Right Mosaic

Right Mosaic

Inscription(s)

The bronze statue is signed "E. GALLO". On the side of the statue is inscribed:
FONDERIA D'ARTE
MASSIMO DEL CHIARIO
VIA DELLE CHIARE
PIETRASANTA-LUCCA
ITALY

Information Sign

Text at the bronze plaque to the left of the monument:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
DISCOVERS PORT EVERGLADES
HON. LAWRENCE J. SMITH
OF FLORIDA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 1987
Mr. Smith of Florida: "Mr. Speaker, Today I would like to bring recognition to a unique event which will take place in Port Everglades, Fl., on August 29, 1987. This is the day Christopher Columbus will discover Port Everglades.
Since his discovery of America 500 years ago Christopher Columbus has changed a bit. Standing 8 feet tall and perched on a travertine marble base, Christopher Columbus will arrive in Port Everglades, Fl., on August 29 after a voyage originating in Genoa, Italy. Christopher Columbus is returning to partake in the festivities commemorating the 500th anniversary of his discovery of America.
Exuding pride and confidence, the Christopher Columbus monument was the creation and idea of Tom Sette. Driven by his desire to create an event recognizing this historic navigator, Tom gathered two friends by his side, Anthony Iannelli and Tony Paparella, and created the Christopher Columbus Committee.

To the right side of the statue is a bronze plaque on a marble block with the biography of Enzo Gallo. About 50 meters to the left is a concrete structure with bronze plaques, to the left with names and to the right the text of the speech by Lawrence J. Smith, of Florida, in the House of Representatives, of 3 August 1987.

Annotation

Donated by the Italian American Chamber of Commerce. Site of annual Columbus Day ceremonies.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

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Location (N 26°4'57" - W 80°7'15")

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