Public Art in Georges River – Takis Kozokos

Australia and Lemnos by Takis Kozokos

Kogarah Town Square

2017 – present

Fittingly situated in Kogarah Town Square in direct sight of the Greek Orthodox Church and adjacent to the St George Hospital, the Australia and Lemnos memorial statue by renowned Greek sculptor, Takis Kozokos, seeks to honour the incredible courage, bravery and sacrifice of ANZAC soldiers and Australian nurses during the battle for Gallipoli.

The island of Lemnos has a special place in Australia’s history as the place where Australian nurses tended to wounded Gallipoli ANZACs, and where some 250 soldiers are now buried. The memorial also acknowledges the vital role the people of Greece, particularly those from the Greek island of Lemnos who supported the Anzacs.

Australia and Lemnos was unveiled on Saturday 4 March 2017. The project was supported by the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program.

The statue is one of three pieces Takis Kozokos sculpted while he was Georges River Artist in Residence (in addition to ‘Powerful Owl’ in Carss Park and ‘The Book of St George’ currently in the Hurstville Museum & Gallery collection). Takis was born in Athens and studied at the Athens Higher Faculty of Fine Arts. He worked as a sculptor-restorer on the Acropolis restoration project between 1990 and 1997 and as a sculptor for the Acropolis Museum.

You can find out more about Takis’ work on Instagram: @takiskozokos or on his website: http://takiskozokos.gr/

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