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Italian Immigrant Statue


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Item Number: HE-IIS
The Italian Immigrant Statue stands in front of St. Ambrose Church on "The Hill", St. Louis' historic Italian neighborhood. The idea for the monument came from Monsignor Polizzi in the late 1960's. As luck would have it, St Louis was fortunate to have in its midst, the renowned sculptor who was soon commissioned. That proved to be a wise decision. All of the passion and emotion wrapped up in remembering these brave men and women can be found in this powerful figure. Dignity and determination are seen in their eyes, hope is found in the single strapped suitcase, and the all important Italian family unit is created with the infant in the woman's arm. The Italian Immigrant Statue stands in tribute to the ancestors of this tiny close knit community but the message is universal, as evidenced by the countless people of all ethnic origins who come to visit. The first model of the statue was created in clay and cast in New York in 1970. This prototype was introduced to the community at a Hill Day Festival, first displayed at Edwards and Wilson in 1971. Momentum for the project grew as it was moved to several other locations on the Hill and the idea for the monument was sold to the neighborhood. Shortly after, the sculptor moved to Florence for several months as work on the statue ensued. Only a particular foundry in Florence would do for the final project. Finally completed, it was shipped back to St. Louis from Italy and dedicated in its present and permanent location in front of St. Ambrose Church in 1972. It is one of the most visited monuments in the St.Louis area. 6 1/2 inch replica. Resin.
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