Bronze bust on granite base, existing of a square pedestal of black granite on an octagonal red granite base. The floor of the base is designed as a compass (to include all the world's people who came to America); inscribed on the base are the , and on the eight granite blocks at the compass points are different inscriptions.
On the black granite pedestal:
The red granite base has:
names of the council, and the individuals who contributed money towards the monument.
The inscriptions on the red granite blocks are titled:
Commemoration, Celebration, Dedication, Quiet Heroes, Assimilation, Toil & Struggle, The Era Of Mass Migration, The First Italians In America
Sculptor Joseph E. Pavone.
On the front of the block between S and SE: Angelo Di Renzo | Architect - Builder.
Donated by the Pennsylvania State Council of Art and the Italian Community. Constructed by Council 906 of the Knights of Columbus and designed by Knight Joseph E. Pavone.
Sources & Information
- NIAF, Tributes to Christopher Columbus in the United States
- "Patron Placed on a Pedestal," in Columbia, magazine of the Knights of Columbus, February 1993. Sent to me by Greg Ciesielski, member of the Christopher Columbus Philatelic Society (February 2004).
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, SIRIS (Smithsonian Institution Research Information system).
Location (N 40°5'36" - W 74°51'26")
Item Code: uspa06; Photograph: 9 October 2000
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