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Sophocles

  • Location: 30th Avenue between 30th and 29th Streets
  • Sculptor: Chris Vilardi
  • Description: Heroic-scale figural sculpture on pedestal
  • Materials: Bronze and Mountain Green granite
  • Dimensions: Figure: H: 7.5'; Pedestal: H: 2'
  • Cast: 2010
  • Dedicated: March 28, 2015
  • Foundry: Modern Art Foundry
  • Fabricator: Cold Spring Granite; Domenick de Nigris Monuments
  • Donor: Athens Square Park Inc.
  • Inscription: Front: SOPHOCLES / 496 BC - 406 BC / ANCIENT GREEK PLAYWRIGHT, PRIEST, / POLITICIAN AND GENERAL OF ATHENS. / HIS COMPLETE PLAYS ARE / AJAX , ANTIGONE , ELECTRA, / OEDIPUS AT COLONUS, / OEDIPUS REX, TRACHINIAE, / PHILOCTETES

    Side: ONE WORK ALONE / REPAYS YOU FOR THE / LABOR OF OUR LIVES / LOVE / OEDIPUS AT COLONUS

    Side: FOR KINDNESS / BEGETS KINDNESS / EVERMORE / AJAX

    Back: SOPHOCLES

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