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Monday, February 28, 2011

The Young Christopher Columbus

I came across this beautiful statue quite by accident. I was driving down Renfrew Street the road beside Exhibition Park in Vancouver when I noticed a number of statues. I stopped and discovered for the first time for me the Impressive Italian Gardens and right beside them this monument of the young Christopher Columbus. On further investigation I learned that the statue had once stood on Clark Drive at the Italian Plaza in Vancouver as a tribute to Angelo Branca. It had been stolen, was missing for many years and later reappeared in Exhibition Park at the Italian Gardens. No one seems to know what happened from the time of being stolen to the time of it's reappearance.


Statue dedicated to Angelo Branca Angelo Branca was considered one of Vancouver's most influential Italian-Canadians of his time. He was the youngest prosecutor of his day, a park commissioner and an amateur boxer who won the middleweight championship of B.C. in the 1930s. From 1963 to 1966 he sat as a Supreme Court Justice, before being elevated to the B.C. Court of Appeal, a position he held between 1966 and 1978 when he retired at 75. Branca died in October of 1984 at age 81. (Laara Egan) Eve Rockett, wrote an article about Branca which appeared in the Vancouver Sun in 1973. Blanca defended 62 accused murderers during his career and lost only two cases: four charges were reduced to manslaughter and the rest of the accused were freed. "Branca was indeed a performer, but underneath was a dagger-sharp mind with a magnetic affinity for law; a mind kept finely honed by one of the largest privately owned law libraries in Canada," Rockett wrote, noting many of his clients were on legal aid.

Location:Exhibition Park, Vancouver, BC

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