Sculptures, from small figurines to larger-than-life statues, have been a continuous hallmark of Greek art from antiquity to modern times—most famously the friezes from the Temple of Zeus and the Parthenon. These imposing artworks honoured benefactors, commemorated events, and told stories. Others were decorative, created for the sheer joy of their beauty. Today, the ancient masterpieces are to be found in museums, but the streets of modern Athens resemble public art galleries, offering a dynamic display of the conventional and the quirky for anyone who seeks them out.
Photo: Thomas Gravanis
From post-modernist city icons to muscle-bound monarchs, track down these urban sculptures that have slipped the museums to enliven the streets and squares of Athens.
By Diane Shugart