In EUR, in the centre of Piazza Guglielmo Marconi (originally Piazza Imperiale), stands an obelisk, the work of Arturo Dazzi (1881-96), which is dedicated to the celebrated Italian inventor and Nobel prize winner, Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi (1874-1937).
Marconi, who is credited as the inventor of radio, died in Rome on July 20th, 1937, The obelisk was commissioned two years later, but work was interrupted when Italy entered the war and it was not finally completed until 1959.
The core of the obelisk, which is 45 m (147 ft) tall, is concrete, while the 92 reliefs are made of white Cararra marble.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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