Italian Group: Give Us Custody Of Columbus Statue

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:

Over two years after Mayor Joe Ganim’s abrupt decision to remove the Christopher Columbus statue from Seaside Park and stick it in storage, an Italian American organization has asked the monument be transferred to its custody.

“That statue has been lying in a barn–in a barn–where horses once were,” former state Rep. Christopher Caruso of the Council of Italian-American Societies of Greater Bridgeport told members of the park commission Tuesday. “That symbolism itself is disturbing and insulting.”

A gift to the city in the 1950s by the the Italian-American community of that time, the bronze likeness of Columbus, Caruso said, has never belonged to Bridgeport and, if city officials refuse to put it back on display, the council should have it.

“I’m for giving the statue back to Mr. Caruso and the Italian community of Greater Bridgeport. It is due to them,” Banjed Labrador, the commission’s chairman, said during Tuesday’s teleconference. “It is theirs. It was funded by their heritage.”

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      1. Robert Texeira: DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man is hip, and I dig it, but Sorry Robert…but I think maybe it’s time to give the Filipinos from Palermo a chance at this…what about the “Consapevolezza” model/guy??? Just asking for a friend… do measurements really matter? Yes!, they did to Leonardo deV….it’s all about the proportions and ratios as he studied and sketched it out, ergo, your/his Vitruvian man…borrowing from the Greeks initially, but if they only had the good looking Filipino models back then…. Today’s Italians, specifically Sicilians are more inclusive these days…. see: …I’m heading “Back to (Palermo) Sicily” on Friday, will keep you posted if they have any suggestions for a replacement (alternative) statue for the Bridgeport pedestal in Seaside Park. I’ll DM Chris Caruso on Facebook. I’m sorry I’ll miss the Marine Corps band concert…always the highlight of my Bridgeport years!

  1. I think that’s the Italian in yuo, Waht about the “Consapevalezza model/guy? Taking/claiming something that is not yours/donated, and claiming it. At least it would be keeping with the spirit of Columbus. 🤣

    Davinci did more than measurements, no? Looks were also an important measurement when he painted.
    The same can be said for the blond hair, and blue eye Jesus.


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