Christopher Columbus

Columbus Bronx

Attilio Piccirilli

Attilio (1866-1945) came from a family of Tuscan stonecutters whose studio was in the Bronx. The Piccirillis carved for Daniel Chester French (including the Continents at the Customs House and the Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington), and for John Quincy Adams Ward (including the New York Stock Exchange pediment), plus works such as the lions outside New York Public Library, 1911, parts of the Washington Arch, ca. 1895-1918, and the Pulitzer Fountain, 1916. Of Attilio's own design are the sculptures on the Maine Monument and the Firemen's Memorial, both 1913, as well as Youth Leading Industry and the Joy of Life at Rockefeller Center, ca. 1936 and 1937 (the latter at 15 West 48th Street), the pediments of the Frick Art Reference Library (71st Street off Fifth Avenue), and the doors of the Riverside Church (Riverside Drive at 122nd Street). Brooklyn has Indian Literature and Indian Law Giver, ca. 1900 (Brooklyn Museum). Aside from this Columbus, the Bronx has his Outcast, 1908 (Woodlawn Cemetery).

Columbus quotes (not)

The statement "One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time" (or "You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore") is often attributed to Columbus - probably because it seems to very appropriate! It was actually written by Andre Gide: "On ne découvre pas de terre nouvelle sans consentir à perdre de vue, d'abord et longtemps, tout rivage."

Edgar Guest

In a tweet of 5/24/15, I quoted from Guest's "The Things That Haven't Been Done Before." Here it is in full.

The things that haven’t been done before,
  Those are the things to try;
Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore
  At the rim of the far-flung sky,
And his heart was bold and his faith was strong
  As he ventured in dangers new,
And he paid no heed to the jeering throng
  Or the fears of the doubting crew.

The many will follow the beaten track
With guideposts on the way.
They live and have lived for ages back
With a chart for every day.
Someone has told them it’s safe to go
On the road he has traveled o’er,
And all that they ever strive to know
Are the things that were known before.

A few strike out, without map or chart,
Where never a man has been,
From the beaten paths they draw apart
To see what no man has seen.
There are deeds they hunger alone to do;
Though battered and bruised and sore,
They blaze the path for the many, who
Do nothing not done before.

The things that haven’t been done before
Are the tasks worthwhile today;
Are you one of the flock that follows, or
Are you one that shall lead the way?
Are you one of the timid souls that quail
At the jeers of a doubting crew,
Or dare you, whether you win or fail,
Strike out for a goal that’s new?

Other Columbuses in New York

You could make a day of visiting Columbuses here. When I haven't created pages for them yet on Forgotten Delights, I'll give you a link to another site.