Christopher Columbus (Boxed)

Christopher Columbus (Boxed)

109 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

A statue of Christopher Columbus is installed in Marconi Plaza, 2848 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States),inside a railing that bears wire art of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. Emanuele Caroni, Sculptor (1876). The Christopher Columbus Monument was originally erected on the Centennial Exposition grounds at the intersection of Fountain and Belmont Avenues, near the Conservatory and dedicated on October 12, 1876 as a tribute from Italy to America. The figure represents Columbus, in the costume of his age and clime, standing on a ship’s deck, near his feet being an anchor, coils of rope, and a sailor’s dunnage bag; his right hand resting on a globe. On August 12, 2020, the Philadelphia Art Commission issued an order to remove the statue from Marconi Plaza and to place it in temporary storage. This followed an endorsement of a city proposal, two weeks prior, by the Philadelphia Historical Commission, to remove the statue, citing public safety and susceptibility of damage to the statue as a result of the George Floyd protests. A judge later halted the order, while a legal battle continues in the courts. Citing preservation of the statue pending a final decision, the City of Philadelphia had it boxed.

Actor: Bart Shatto
Written by: Wendy MacLeod
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