Guglielmo Marconi (Piccirilli)

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Guglielmo Marconi
Guglielmo Marconi Memorial.JPG
Artist Attilio Piccirilli
Year 1940 (1940)
Type Bronze
Location Washington, D.C., United States
Coordinates 38°55′55″N 77°2′12″W / 38.93194°N 77.03667°W / 38.93194; -77.03667
Owner National Park Service

Guglielmo Marconi is a public artwork by Attilio Piccirilli, located at the intersection of 16th & Lamont St, N.W., in Washington, D.C., United States of America. The Guglielmo Marconi monument was originally surveyed as part of the Smithsonian's Save Outdoor Sculpture! survey in 1994. It stands as a tribute to Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi.[1]

Description[edit]

This sculpture features two bronze pieces. In the front is a bust of Guglielmo Marconi (approx. 40 x 30 x 16 in.) which sits on a rectangular Stony Creek granite base (approx. 95 x 32 x 18 in.).[2] Behind the bust is the second bronze resting on another granite base (approx. 95 x 72 x 36 in.). The second bronze is an allegorist female figure sitting on a globe with her legs stretched out behind her. She points her proper left arm straight in front of her while her proper right arm is raised and bent at the elbow. She is naked with a small piece of drapery on her lap. According to Piccirilli she is "the Wave," representing "Marconi's contribution to science..."[2] The base housing the Marconi bust features the inscription on the proper left side:

Attilio Piccirilli 1940.

On the same base's rear:

ERECTED BY POPULAR SUBSCRIPTION
AND PRESENTED TO THE CITY OF WASHINGTON
THE MARCONI MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
1940

On the front of the base:

MARCONI
1874-1937.[1]

Gallery[edit]

Acquisition[edit]

The fund for the memorial was begun a year after Marconi's 1937 death. The total sculpture cost after completion was $32,555.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Save Outdoor Sculptures! (1994). "Guglielmo Marconi (sculpture)". SOS!. Smithsonian. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Kelly, Edward. The Memorial to Marconi. The Scientific Monthly, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1942, p. 92-95.

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