Italian Sculpture Memorial (1985)
Dente Park, Barre, Vermont USA • From the Barre Granite Association: The monument was dedicated to Carlo Abate, an Italian immigrant who came to Barre in 1896 and has been described as "the personification of the Italian immigrant in Barre." Abate was an artist, a sculptor more specifically, and possessed with a skill not common to many people.
When he died in 1941 at the age of 81, he was generally considered to be one of Barre's foremost sculptors. He was an instructor at the Barre Evening Drawing School where he taught drafting to many, many youngsters who grew up in the Barre granite industry.
The sculpting process began when a 30-ton block of Barre granite was taken from the quarry, and trucked to a saw plant. Once trimmed, the block was taken to a manufacturing plant where the sculptor began the laborious process of relieving huge chunks of stone to create rough outline.
The project was completed when the statue, estimated to weigh about eight tons, was place atop its Barre granite pedestal in Dente Park, in the section of Barre where Italian immigrants established their homes, There are broad smiles on the faces of many Italian descendants in Barre today because the tribute to "Italian pride" is a permanent part of the Barre landscape.