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Andy Griffith Monument, Mount Airy. Photo courtesy of Surry Arts Council, The Andy Griffith Museum
Andy Griffith Monument
Mount Airy

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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.


Dedication date: 9/24/2004

Creator: 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

Unveiling & Dedication: Friday September 24th, 2004 was the 15th annual Mayberry Days celebration in Mt. Airy. Mt. Airy native Andy Griffith, who was 78 years old at the time, was present at the unveiling ceremony.

Controversies: On April 25, 2005 the monument was vandalized and the plaque was stolen. It was vandalized again and Andy's hair was painted green in 2010.

Location: The monument is located on 218 Rockford St. in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

Former Locations: The first statue of Andy Griffith was placed in Raleigh; TV Land later commissioned another one for Mount Airy.

Landscape: The statue is located in the front of the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

City: Mount Airy

County: Surry

Subjects: Historic Cultural Figures

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