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  • Monument Name

    Andy Griffith Monument, Mount Airy

  • Type

    Sculpture

  • Subjects

    Historic Cultural Figures

  • Creator

    Stuart Williamson, Sculptor

    Studio EIS, Builder

  • City

    Mount Airy

  • County

    Surry

  • 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.

  • Inscription

    A SIMPLER TIME, A SWEETER PLACE

  • Dedication Date

    September 24, 2004

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.497750 , -80.608600 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Andy Griffith Statue," TV Acres, (accessed June 20, 2011) Link

      "Mount Airy, North Carolina - Home of Mayberry amd Andy Griffith," Silly America, June 25th, 2012, (accessed January 15, 2014) Link

      "The Andy Griffith Museum, Mount Airy, North Carolina," Surry Arts Council (accessed January 15, 2014) Link

      "Vandals hit Griffith statue in Mount Airy," WRAL.com, February 23, 2003, (accessed June 28, 2011) Link

      Washburn, Mark. "Charlotte Observer: TV Legend Andy Griffith Dies At 86 In Manteo," WFAE.90.7, (accessed January 15, 2014) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • 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.

  • Sponsors

    TV Land

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    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.

  • Landscape

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

  • Former Locations

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

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