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Columbus Obelisk

Venturi Rauch and Scott Brown
1992

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Description

Three-sided steel obelisk with different inscriptions on each side of the pedestal.

Inscription(s)

South-West Text:
1492-1992
CHRISTOPHER
COLUMBUS
MATHEMATICIAN · CARTOGRAPHER
CINQUECENTO ANNIVERSARY
COLUMBUS, INTREPID NAVIGATOR, WITH A SENSE OF THE SEA UNPARALLELED
BEFORE OR AFTER HIM. A NATIVE SON OF GENOA, HE BECAME THROUGH
HIS DEDICATION TO A DREAM, AN HONORED HERO OF HISTORY.
HIS KEEN INTELLECT, ABIDING FAITH, AND UNDAUNTED PERSISTENCE
MADE HIM A GIANT AMONG MEN OF THIS MILLENNIUM.
IN HONOR OF ALL OUR FOREBEARERS WHO BRAVED THE JOURNEY TO AMERICA AND THEIR AMERICAN DESCENDANTS
JOHN & BEVERLY L. ANELLO & FAMILY · JUDGE G. FRED DiBONA · BONAVITACOLA FAMILY · STANHOPE S. BROWNE · FRANCIS J. PALAMARA · JUDGE & MRS. ARMAND DELLA PORTA · FELICE A. JR. & JOAN ROCCA
AIDA & NICOLA GIORDANO & FAMILY · NICHOLAS SR. & PHILOMENA Di CICCO · MR. & MRS. ANGELO DELLA PORTA · PAUL N. FERA & FAMILY · ROMOLO ANGELO · VINCENT & LINDA GENOVESE · IAQUINTO FAMILY
CONGRESSMAN THOMAS FOGLIETTA · CHARLOTTE & RALPH J. GRECO C&L-C&C · JOHN J. & GEN GRECO NELSON FAMILY · PACIFICO FORD FAMILY · FREDERICK ANTON III · LIBERI FAMILY · RIZZELLO FAMILY
MR. & MRS NICHOLAS DeBENEDICTIS · LUKE A. MARANO, SR. · ROBERT VENTURI & DENISE SCOTT BROWN · HON. & MRS. ANGELO A. GUARINO · MR. & MRS. THOMAS J. KELLY, JR. · FRANCESCO DE FLAVIA
VINCENT De SILVERIO · PASQUALE F. NESTICO, M.D. & FAMILY · JOHN & GRAZIA AVENA · MR. & MRS. SALVATORE MAGGIO · GUILIO ADELINA CIOTTI · JOHN P. GIORDANO · MARIANO & GAETANA ARENA · CARLO PATRONA

East Text:
1492-1992
CHRISTOPHER
COLUMBUS
CHARISMATIC LEADER · NAVIGATOR
ERECTED BY
THE AMERICA 500 CORPORATION
HONORARY CHAIRPERSONS
HONORABLE VINCENT J. FUMO · HONORABLE EDWARD G. RENDELL, MAYOR · HONORABLE ANNA VERNA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
M. WALTER D'ALESSIO, CHAIRMAN · Gr. Uff ANDREW N. FARNESE, ESQ., PRESIDENT · SEVERINO VERNA, SEC./TREAS.
NICHOLAS A. GIORDANO HAROLD A. SORGENTI DOMINIC SABATINI THOMAS J. KELLY HONORABLE VINCENT J. FUMO
NICHOLAS DeBENEDICTIS JOSEPH F. CORADINO LOUIS J. ESPOSITO CHARLES P. PIZZI G. FRED DiBONA, JR., ESQ.
JOSEPH H. JACOVINI, ESQ. CLAIRE B. DiLULLO JOSEPH V. DiLULLO EDWARD V. CARUSO FRANCIS E. ROSATO, M.D.
MARY L. HOWARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
IN HONOR OF ALL OUR FOREBARERS WHO BRAVED THE JOURNEY TO AMERICA AND THEIR AMERICAN DESCENDANTS
PETER & LOUISE BENTIVEGNA · ANTHONY & LISA MERLINO · UDO & SUE MARON · MR. & MRS. DOUGLAS C. LINDSAY · JOHN M. PEDUTO · WILLIAM R. SASSO · MICHELE MAGGIO · LOUIS DEL DUCA FAMILY
BARTOLOMEO FAMILY · JOSEPH & ROSE TARSIA · LAUDADIO FAMILY · JOHN & JO ANN INDRIERI & FAMILY · ANGELO M. DiGEORGE, M.D. · REP. NICHOLAS J. MAIALE · ANTHONY LaROSA · PISANO & BRANCA FAMILIES
ANIELLO NIGRO & FAMILY · JUDGE & MRS. FRANK J. MONTEMURO, JR. · MASUCCI FAMILY · HON. & MRS. NICHOLAS A. CIPRIANI · JOSEPH TALLUTO · MRS. CAROLINA GALGANO BASILE · DORENA & PETER MARZIANO
DR. & MRS. RICHARD C. SQUILLARO · LEO & ANN LAMANNO & FAMILY · ROCCO & BARBARA MARTINO · MATTEO & FORTUNATA DiDOMENICO · YENI FAMILY · ALBERT T. PERRY & FAMILY · MR. & MRS. CHARLES SERAVALLI
AMATO & CATERINA BERARDI

North Text:
1492-1992
CHRISTOPHER
COLUMBUS
EXPLORER · VISIONARY · NATURALIST
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS
INDEPENDENCE BLUE CROSS · PHILADELPHIA ELECTRIC COMPANY · U.S. HEALTHCARE
COLUMBUS CIVIC ASSOCIATION · PROVIDENT NATIONAL BANK · BELL OF PENNSYLVANIA · PENNSYLVANIA BLUE SHIELD
PHILLIES BASEBALL · COOPERS & LYBRAND · DELOITTE & TOUCHE · THE SAMUEL T. MANDELL FOUNDATION
PA. ORDER SONS OF ITALY · PHILA. INQUIRER & PHILA. DAILY NEWS · CORESTATES · CONRAIL · FILITALIA NATIONAL
CAVALIERI D'ITALIA · MELLON PSFS · CATCH, INC. · COMMONWEALTH LODGE 1949 OSIA · SOCIETA S'ANTONIO LONGANESE
PAONE WOODWORKING CORP. · PHILA. CHAPTER UNICO NAT'L · FIDELITY BANK · LA VALLE DEL VOLTURNO CLUB
ASSOCIAZIONE REGIONALE ABRUZZESE · BINSWANGER COMPANY · CONTINENTAL BANK · KEYSTONE FOODS CORPORATION
THE ANNENBERG FOUNDATION · PROVIDENT MUTUAL · RICHARD I. RUBIN & CO. · CARPENTERS LOCAL #1050
IN HONOR OF ALL OUR FORBEARERS WHO BRAVED THE JOURNEY TO AMERICA AND THEIR AMERICAN DESCENDANTS
VINCENT FUMO FAMILY · FARNESE, LORENZO & VITTORIA · MR. & MRS. PETER DePAUL, SR. · RALPH LEPORACE · JACOVINI FAMILY
PAUL & FRANCES GIORDANO · MR. & MRS. F. EUGENE DIXON, JR. · HAROLD A. SORGENTI FAMILY · DOMENIC & ESTHER TESAURO
ULDERICO & ANNA MILANI · DR. & MRS. PHILLIP J. MARONE & FAMILY · JOSEPH & CLAIRE DiLULLO · THOMAS B. PILEGGI & FAMILY
FREDERICK A. SIMEONE FAMILY · LOUIS & ANNE ESPOSITO FAMILY · ANGELO FAMILY · MR. & MRS. ANTHONY ACQUAVIVA · DON FEOLA
MARTIN & ANGELA MARANO · JOHN J. TURCHI, JR.
MR. & MRS. JOHN BONATO · ALBERT & JOAN PISCOPO & FAMILY · J. MARY & MARIO W. D'ALESSIO · MR. & MRS. ADRIAN HOOPER · LYN & GEORGE M. ROSS
EDWARD & MARIANNE DiDONATO · LEONARD D. NICOLETTI, SR. · FRANCIS E. & GERTRUDE B. ROSATO · JOSEPH F. & RITA J. CORADINO · DANIEL VELORIC
JOSEPHINE & THOMAS LINDEN · RONALD J. NAPLES · HELEN & KENNETH GEMMILL · IDA GREENBERG STALOFF

Annotation

VSBA was asked to design a monument, located in the International Sculpture Garden at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia's old seaport, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage and to celebrate the role of all immigrants in the development of Philadelphia and the United States.
The design utilizes steel technology to create a modern representation of a traditional Italian symbol -- the Obelisk, which punctuates Roman plazas. Instead of being hewn from solid stone, the monument is fabricated from thin stainless steel panels cantilevered from an internal stainless steel structure. The base of the three-sided monument is granite with polychrome inscriptions and dedications resting on a granite and brick plaza in the shape of a compass rose.
The obelisk rises to the height of 106 feet and is capped by a sphere and weathervane/banner representing the national colors of Italy and Spain. The large, open joints between the panels create deep shadows during the day and are illuminated at night by beams of light projected up through the obelisk and into the sky.
Award:
1993 Design Award for Excellence in Architectural Design, The Pennsylvania Society of Architects
(Text by Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates, Inc.).

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