The Committee for the construction of a monument to Christopher Columbus as a gift of the Italian community of Newport, Rhode Island, to its own town was formed in 1932. The project and the collection of funds took a long time, so that it was only in 1953 that the Fonderia Marinelli was able to send a small-scale model made by the sculptor Giovanni Cappelletti. After its approval, the artist realized the full-size model, which was cast by the foundry and sent to the USA.

  • Unveiling of the Columbus statue in Newport. 1953
  • Columbus in Newport today