Pittsburgh’s Columbus statue remains covered in Schenley Park a year after protests

PITTSBURGH — A court case over the removal of a Christopher Columbus statue in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park remains in limbo as the artwork itself remains covered up.

The Italian Sons & Daughters of America sued the City of Pittsburgh after the Pittsburgh Art Commission decided to remove the 13-foot-tall statue last year.

According to our partners at TribLIVE.com, an Allegheny County Common Pleas judge working on the case requested Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to participate in mediation in September. The attorney for the Italian Sons & Daughters said Peduto refused to take part.

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It was announced in June that the judge would make the final decision on whether the statue stays or is removed.

It was wrapped to protect it from further damage after it was vandalized several times.