Giuseppe Mazzini

The bronze bust of Giuseppe Mazzini was commissioned by a group of Italian-Americans to honor a man who shaped the modern state of Italy, even during his decades of exile.

Giuseppe was a philosopher, activist, and politician who campaigned ceaselessly for his cause: unify Italy as a republic of the people.

This bust overlooking Sheep Meadow was created by Italian-born sculptor Giovanni Turini and dedicated in 1878. Inscribed on the granite base are Italian phrases describing two of Mazzini’s major beliefs: Pensiero Ed Azione ("thought and action," also the name of a journal he founded in London) and Dio E Il Populo ("God and the people”).