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Statue of Christopher Columbus (Chula Vista, California)

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Statue of Christopher Columbus
ArtistMario Zamora
MediumBronze sculpture
SubjectChristopher Columbus
Dimensions1.8 m × 0.91 m × 0.61 m (6 ft × 3 ft × 2 ft)
LocationChula Vista, California, U.S.

A statue of Christopher Columbus by Mario Zamora was installed in Chula Vista, California's Discovery Park, in the United States. The statue has been vandalized multiple times.[1][2] It was removed and placed into storage in June 2020.[3]

The statue was installed in 1991.[4] It was surveyed by the Smithsonian Institution's "Save Outdoor Sculpture!" program in 1993.[5]


The memorial depicts Christopher Columbus with his arms crossed over his chest and holding a telescope. The bronze sculpture measures approximately 6 x 3 x 2 ft and rests on a 6-ft tall granite base with a 6-ft diameter. A plaque reads: "Columbus found a world, and had no chart / save one that faith deciphered in the skies / to trust the soul's invincible surmise / was all his science and his only art / George Santayana / Dedicated to the people of Chula Vista by the Rancho Del Rey partnership / a joint venture between McMillin Communities and Home Capital".[5]

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  1. Little, Joe (January 16, 2020). "City of Chula Vista to Decide on Removal of Christopher Columbus Statue in Park". NBC San Diego. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  2. KUCHER, KAREN (October 14, 2019). "Christopher Columbus statue in Chula Vista park is vandalized again". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  3. "Chula Vista city officials put Christopher Columbus statue in storage ahead of protest". June 12, 2020.
  4. Sklar, Debbie L. (June 12, 2020). "Italian-American Group Raps Chula Vista Removal of Columbus Statue". Times of San Diego. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Christopher Columbus, (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved April 26, 2021.

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