Bruno Lucchesi, Sir Walter Raleigh
Sculptor and teacher Bruno Lucchesi, born in 1926, is renowned for his mastery of the human form. He was commissioned to create the Sir Walter Raleigh statue in 1975 in his home of Pietrasanta, Italy.
The commission was seventy five years in the making, when a movement was formed in the early twentieth century to create a statue as a memorial to Sir Walter Raleigh, a 16th-centry English aristocrat known as a poet, writer, soldier and explorer and for whom North Carolina’s state capital was named. The statue was dedicated in 1976 as part of the national bicentennial celebration. It is made from bronze and is heroically scaled at 11 feet tall. Sir Walter Raleigh is on permanent loan to the City of Raleigh from the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.