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Andy Griffith Monument, Raleigh. Photo courtesy Donald Burgess Tilley Jr.
Andy Griffith Monument

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Description: A bronze statue depicting widower Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) and his young son, Opie (Ron Howard). The statue depicts the scene where father and son are walking a dirt road with their fishing poles during the opening sequence and theme song of the show.

Plaque on the left:

the Andy Griffith Show / a simpler time a sweeter place / a lesson a laugh / a father and a son / Presented by the people of TV LAND

Dedication date: 10/28/2003

Creator: TV Land, Designer Stuart Williamson, Sculptor Studio EIS, Builder

Materials & Techniques: The Andy Taylor & Opie bronze statues were created by Studio EIS, a three-dimensional design and sculpture studio in New York founded by brothers Ivan and Elliot Schwartz.

Sponsor: TV Land

Controversies: Mount Airy citizens opposed the statue in Raleigh because they believed the statue belonged in their home town. It has been vandalized several times. See more about the Andy Griffith Monument in Mount Airy.

Landscape: The monument is located in Pullen Park in Raleigh.

City: Raleigh

County: Wake

Subjects: Historic Cultural Figures

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