Cristofo Columbo

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"Cristofo Columbo" is a 12-foot marble sculpture of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus by artist Ugo Sordelli. It was commissioned in 1990 and installed at the UAB Smolian International House at 16th Street and 10th Avenue South on Columbus Day, October 12, 1992. The installation was sponsored by the Robert J. Oliver, Sr Council 635 of the Knights of Columbus along with the Sons of Italy and members of Birmingham's Italian community, including Joseph Bruno and other members of the Bruno family.

In the sculpture, Columbus is depicted holding a telescope and resting his hand on a ship's wheel. The inscription on the granite base reads: "Christopher Columbus was one of the most successful persons who ever lived. More than a mariner, he was a visionary. It was his vision that led him to his discovery. Today, 500 years later, his vision is still alive. 1492-1992"

On the back is written: "Cristoforo Colombo: To Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. 'In Honor of our Heritage,' Knights of Columbus, Sons of Italy, Italian Community, 1992"


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