Raleigh, North Carolina: Statue of Andy and OpieA TV Land tribute to characters from the 1960s Andy Griffith Show. Griffith's home town of Mt. Airy has a duplicate of the statue.
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Statues look great in new location. Easy to find, to the left of the carousel building after entering park. If arriving on weekend with decent-to-great weather, expect parking difficulty. At the time of my visit, the statue fishing poles were missing.[Christopher Schmitt, 03/23/2014]
The town has finally completed the massive reconstruction of the park. The statues are now returned and can be found right outside the carousel, right before the paddle boat rides.[Jude, 07/03/2012]
R.I.P. Andy Griffith: 1926-2012.
We went in search for these statues, which were supposed to be located near the amusement center of the park/carousel. However, the entire amusement section is under massive renovations. We walked around the perimeter in hopes to spot them but looks like everything was completely removed, gutted, and being rebuilt. No word on when it's supposed to be done but it didn't look like it was going to be completed before the end of the season.[Jude, 07/11/2011]
The Andy and Opie statue in Pullen Park [...is identical to the TV Land-sponsored one in Mt. Airy; Raleigh's was the cable network's initial installation, before Mt. Airy aired its claims as the more legit fictional home of the 1960s TV series].
Daughter Beth Carter provides scale.[Ric Carter, 12/25/2007]
The Andy and Opie statue, erected in Raleigh, NC's Pullen Park in October 2003, has suffered a series of strange vandal attacks. Cable's TV Land commissioned the bronze sculpture depicting Andy and Opie Taylor, the fictional North Carolina father and son played in the 1960s by Andy Griffith and child actor Ron Howard.... [06/12/2004] Complete News Story