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Socrates map_it

History

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This bronze piece depicts ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 B.C.) in a seated position, gesturing as if engaged in dialogue. Designed by artist Anthony Frudakis (born 1953) and dedicated in 1993, the statue was commissioned by Athens Square, Inc., a community-based group formed to promote Athens Square Park’s renovation. The sculpture is one of a quartet of sculptures planned for the park, including Athena, Aristotle, and Sophocles, that are intended to evoke an ancient Greek theme to honor Astoria’s Greek-American population.

Athens Square Park was designed by architect Stamatios P. Lykos, who was commissioned by Athens Square, Inc. to create a sunken court amphitheater for public performances and events. By basing his design for Athens Square on an ancient Greek city planning scheme, Lykos creates “a little bit of Athens in Astoria.” Lykos uses the Socrates sculpture and three Doric columns installed in 1996 as the focal point of the plaza, noting in his plans for the park that the two features form a backdrop for activities held at the site.

Photo of a sculpture of Socrates in Athens Square Park, Queens

Socrates Details

  • Sculptor: Anthony Frudakis
  • Architect: Stamatios P. Lykos, AIA, ASLA
  • Description: Seated figure (heroic scale) on base in form of right trianguloid
  • Materials: Figure--bronze; Base--black Carolina granite
  • Dimensions: Figure H: 6'; Base H: 7'6" W: 4' D: 7'6"
  • Cast: ca. 1993
  • Dedicated: May 15, 1993
  • Foundry: Modern Art Foundry
  • Fabricator: Consolidated Stone Setters (pedestal)
  • Donor: Athens Square, Inc.

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Athens Square is currently closed to reconstruct the plaza and adjacent seating area. Pavement that has settled over the years creating low points where water pools will be replaced. The Sun of Vergina, an ancient Greek symbol, will be placed in the circle that is used for a stage at concerts in the summer. The cheek walls on either side of the two ramps will be reconstructed and a new ramp will be constructed between the seating area and the plaza. New handrails will be installed, two and one-half foot fencing will be placed around plant beds, plant material will be replaced as needed, and a trench drain will be installed near the spray shower to keep water from flowing onto the safety surface.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2014

    Athens Square Weather

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      85°F
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