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1970: Columbus Monument

 

This bronze and stone sculpture depicting mankind amongst the four cardinal directions of the compass was created by William F. Joseph, a long-time professor of the arts at Denver's Loretto Heights College.  The sculpture was presented to the City and Countyof Denver by Alfred and Anna Adamo in 1970 in recognition of Colorado becoming the first state to recognize Columbus Day as a holiday.  An adjacent marble bench was donated by Alfred P. Adamo in 1975.

 

The sculpture was symbolically defaced with fake blood during anti-Columbus Day protests in 1989, but was cleaned with no permanent damage.

 

SOURCES:  www.waymarking.com; sculpturecenter.net

PHOTO CREDIT: Billy Hathorn

 

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