Monday, October 11, 2010
Happy Columbus Day
Being Columbus Day, we are featuring the statue of Christopher downtown on Jefferson close to Hart Plaza. Created by Italian sculptor, Augusto Rivalta, it was dedicated exactly 100 years ago today. It was the Italians of Detroit who spearheaded this project to honor the discoverer of America. It used to stand on Washington Boulevard at Grand Circus Park. After it was restored it was moved to its present location in 1987. Funny thing is though, the time capsule that was placed in the pedestal for its dedication in 1910 was not there when they opened her up. Oops.