Columbus Memorial

Description: 

Dimensions:
45 x 66 x 44 ft.; Shaft: H. 40 ft.; Basin: D. 64 ft.
Inscription:
(Back of shaft:) TO/THE MEMORY OF/CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS/WHOSE HIGH FAITH/AN/INDOMITABLE COURAGE/GAVE TO MANKIND/A NEW WORLD/BORN MCDXXXVI/DIED MDIV unsigned
Description:
A semicircular, double-basin fountain with a forty-five foot shaft in the center. Standing in front of the shaft, a figure of Columbus is crowned with a globe surmounted by four eagles connected by garlands. At the base, on the right and left, are two figures, one a Native-American, typifying the New World and the other an elderly, typifying the Old World. At the foot of the statue is the prow of the ship Santa Maria. The prow extends into the upper basin of the fountain with a winged figurehead representing Discovery. Mounted on either side of the fountain are two marble lions.

LocationMem: 
Columbus Circle, Union Station, Washington, DC
Institution: 
community group, Knights of Columbus
Official/Unofficial: 
Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog
Historical Subject: 

Voyage of Columbus, 1492

Physical Aspects: 

Sculpture, Text, Statue

Date of Dedication: 
June 1912
Place Location: 
Files: 
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