Yerassimos Sklavos was born in 1927 in Athens, Greece, and studied at the Athens school of Fine Arts. He died prematurely in 1967. The same year, the Paris Biennale displayed medals that he had designed. The following year, the Rodin Museum in Paris paid tribute to him.
The artwork, situated facing Smith House in Mount Royal Park, presents simplified figures of nuns placed back to back and holding each other’s hands, evoking the prominence of religious iconography in the history of architecture. This simplified iconography was typical of the 1960s. Made of white marble, the monolithic and monumental artwork is halfway between abstract and figurative and sanctifies the religious symbol of the nun.