Born in 1955, Praxitelis Tzanoulinos grew up in the village of Falatados, overlooking the sea, on the island of Tinos in the Cyclades, which is to say that his childhood was full of picturesque landscapes. The sculptor studied at the School of Fine Arts of Panormos before furthering his studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts in the 1970s. Taking part in prestigious shows from the 1980s on and frequently awarded prizes, Tzanoulinos today teaches sculpture and stone conservation at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens.
This commissioned work, shipped from Greece, was donated to the Town by the Paul and Melpa Kamateros, Nicolas Tsatas, Jimmy Christopoulos and Nicolaos Arcolakis families. Around the stylized globe of the world wind the Olympic rings and olive branches. The choice of Gaia Park as the sculpture’s home was no accident, as the green space was named in honour of the Greek goddess of the Earth in 2009.