A group of six sculptures from the International Sculpture Symposium held during the annual Canadian National Exhibition in August of 2005 now line the northeast lawn of the Enercare Centre. The theme for the artistic creation for the symposium was: “Personal experience with nature in the context of Canada’s natural environment and its geographical position.” The objective of the symposium was to initiate artistic and cultural co-operation between sculptors of different background.
Antonis Myrodias from Greece was 1 of 10 artists to participate in the Symposium. For his piece, Antonis took a block of limestone and carved a human-like figure with outstretched arms embracing nature.
Antonis Myrodias was born in 1963 in Athens, Greece. He studied at the Atelier of Sculpture in Athens, Greece as well as studying painting in Florence, Italy. Antonis studied oil painting technique and Byzantine painting as well as the conservation of archaeological material and works of art. He also studied Architecture of the Landscape with environmental approaches and the environmental effects. Antonis conducted research at museum and archeological sites and performed conservation of prehistoric archaeological artifacts and wall paintings as well as illustrating several art books and manuscripts.
Antonis has also been recognized as a renowned sculptor both nationally and internationally. He won a gold medal at the Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Competition, organized by the Beijing Organizing Committee of Olympic Games in 2008. The plan by the Beijing Olympiad was to create a large Olympic Open-Air Sculpture Park, next to the Olympic Village. In the end, 50 sculptures were selected by the general public together with a panel of critics. Antonis Myrodias won the golden prize for his work “Visioning 5 Nikes”. His sculpture was inspired by the ideas of Olympism, as required by the competition, but was made with a modern perception. The works of the 29 finalists were reproduced in large size and exhibited at the Beijing Olympic Forest Park located just north of Beijing.
Antonis has participated in many exhibitions and symposiums across Europe, Asia and North America. Most recently he took part in the 1st International Pergamon Stone Sculpture Symposium in Turkey in the summer of 2012. Pergamon was an ancient Greek city with remains of its ancient acropolis still intact today.
Antonis currently lives and works in Athens.