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News Date: July 01, 2020

City Removing Christopher Columbus Statue Today

The City of Columbus is removing the Christopher Columbus statue on the Broad Street side of City Hall today. With the guidance of the Columbus Art Commission, McKay Lodge Art Conservation Laboratory and Smoot Construction, it will be placed in safekeeping at a secure city facility. 

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther asked the Columbus Art Commission to launch a community-driven process that embraces diversity. This participatory process will help determine how to best replace the statue and evaluate the diversity and inclusiveness of all public art, including other monuments, statues and art installations, and the artists, identifying gaps. The Commission has also been asked to reimagine other symbols associated with the City, including the seal and flag, and to make recommendations for change.

The Columbus Art Commission was established by Columbus City Code and is responsible for the approval of all art purchased, commissioned or accepted as a gift by the City, as well as all art proposed for placement anywhere within the public right-of-way or on property owned or leased by the City. The Christopher Columbus statue was a gift from the people of Genoa, Italy, in 1955.