Statues of Andy and Opie
Mt. Airy, NC
N 36° 29.874 W 080° 36.515
The Andy and Opie Statues are located in front of the Andy Grifffith Playhouse at 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy, NC. statues were commissioned by the network TV Land
The bronze statues of Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) and his son Opie Taylor (Ron Howard) from the long running TV program the Andy Griffith Show (1960 -1968) was commissioned by the network TV Land and installed at 218 Rockford Street in Andy Griffith's home town of Mt. Airy, NC, the setting for the shows fictional town of Mayberry.
The statues were sculpted by Stuart Williamson, cast at EIS Studio and dedicated on September 24, 2004. Andy and Opie are walking hand in hand while carrying fishing poles. Andy is wearing his Sheriff uniform and the barefooted Opie is wearing an open collar shirt and pants with wide cuffs. Both are looking at each other and smiling. The the scene is from the opening sequence and theme song of the show.
A bronze plaque on the ground in front of the sculpture is inscribed:
a simpler time - a simpler place
a lesson - a laugh
a father and his son
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