Statue of José Bonifácio de Andrada

José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva, also known as the Andrada Monument,[1] is an outdoor bronze sculpture of José Bonifácio de Andrada by José Otavio Correia Lima, located at Bryant Park in Manhattan, New York. It is 9 feet (2.7 m) tall and weights approximately 4,000 lbs. Lima was selected through a competition that was sponsored by the Brazilian government, which also donated $60,000 for the surrounding plaza and granite base.[2]

José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva
The monument in 2014
José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva
Location in New York City
ArtistJosé Otavio Correia Lima
Year1954 (1954)
TypeSculpture
MediumBronze
SubjectJosé Bonifácio de Andrada
LocationNew York City, New York, United States
Coordinates40.754406°N 73.984249°W / 40.754406; -73.984249

History

The sculpture was cast in 1954 and dedicated on April 22, 1955. Ceremony attendees included Manhattan Borough President Hulan Jack, Parks Commissioner Robert Moses, Brazilian Ambassador to the United States Joao Calos Muniz, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of Inter-American Affairs Edward J. Spears, Cardinal Francis Spellman, and Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Originally located at the northwest corner of Bryant Park, it was moved to its current location along Avenue of the Americas, between 40th and 42nd Streets, in the early 1990s.[1][2] Every September, the Consulate General of Brazil commemorates Andrada and Brazilian Independence Day by hosting a small ceremony at the monument.[1]

References

  1. "From the Archives: On This Day in History". Bryant Park Corporation. April 22, 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  2. "Bryant Park: José Bonifacio de Andrada e Silva". New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
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