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Christopher Columbus

Artist:

Andrew J. Mazzola

Location:

Christopher Columbus Park, near Atlantic Ave.  

Location

Christopher Columbus Park, near Atlantic Ave.
United States
42° 21' 40.6548" N, 71° 3' 4.2768" W

Neighborhood:

North End

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1979

Medium:

Marble

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Friends of Christopher Columbus Park

Description:

The Christopher Columbus Park was constructed in 1974, thanks to the efforts of a non-profit group formed by residents and businesses in the North End and Waterfront areas. This tribute to the park’s namesake explorer was added a few years later. In their proximity to the North End, the statue and park emphasize Columbus’s Italian heritage. The statue created by Andrew J. Mazzola of Norwood Monumental Works is carved from Italian Carrera marble, favored by sculptors for its quality and its translucence. The marble’s porous surface has also been  susceptible to vandals, some of whom view Columbus as an oppressor, not a hero.

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