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United States of America
New York
New York

Astoria Blvd, Queens

Christopher Columbus in Queens

Angelo Racioppi

1941

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Description

Bronze statue on cast stone base. The 2.10 m tall statue depicts a youthful Columbus standing at the helm of a ship.

Inscription(s)

On the stone base:
COLUMBUS
1451 1506

Close to the statue a bronze marker in the pavement has the text:

ON THIS SITE
WILL BE ERECTED
A MONUMENT TO
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
THIS TABLET DEDICATED
ON OCTOBER 12 1937
BY THE ITALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF
THE BOROUGH OF QUEENS & ALLIED SOCIETIES.

Circumscribed: BUT FOR COLUMBUS THERE WOULD BE NO AMERICA, PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.

Signature

A. Racioppi | N.Y.C. W.P.A. ART PROJECT

Annotation

The cast iron statue was built just before World War II by Italians living in Astoria, but could not be erected because the residents couldn't afford money for the statue's base. The statue was dedicated on October 12, 1941. In the fall of 1942 the statue was moved to a city warehouse; however, fearing scrap metal drives of WWII, the statue was moved again to the basement of the Queens Borough Hall. In 1945 the sculpture was reinstalled in its current location.

The statue was donated by the New York City WPA (Works Progress Administration) Art Project.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 40°46'12" W 73°55'3"

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