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.
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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
"Andy Griffith Statue," TV Acres, (accessed June 20, 2011)
"Andy Griffith Unveils Statue Paying Tribute To Show," WRAL.com, October 29, 2003, (accessed January 28, 2011)
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.
Mount Airy citizens opposed the statue in Raleigh because they believed the statue belonged in their home town. It has been vandalized several times.
The monument is located in Pullen Park in Raleigh.
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