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Thermopylae

Artist:

Dimitri Hadzi

Location:

JFK Federal Building, near Cambridge St. and New Sudbury St.  

Location

JFK Federal Building, near Cambridge St. and New Sudbury St.
United States
42° 21' 39.4632" N, 71° 3' 34.7436" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1966

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

Named after the battle between Spartans and Persians in 480 BC, this quasi-abstract work integrates American sculptor Dimitri Hadzi’s interests in myth, history, and armor. Hadzi has also stated that the sculpture was inspired in part by John F. Kennedy’s book Profiles in Courage, which features the stories of eight US Senators who remained committed to their ideals despite great opposition. In general, though, Hadzi’s work is known not for its thematic content but for its craftsmanship and formal properties. Through his use of heavy bronze protrusions, and through the sculpture’s open composition, Hadzi emphasizes the contrast between dense volume and empty space. More art, including New England Elegy, an abstract mural by Robert Motherwell, can be found inside the JFK Federal Building along with Full Circle by Herbert Ferber. All three pieces were funded through a % for art program.

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