Athena sculpture installed in downtown New London

The newest addition to New London's downtown public art collection is a life-size bronze sculpture of the Greek goddess Athena, protector of cities.
The monument, seen Wednesday, July 18, 2018, was designed and sculpted by Connecticut artist Renee Rhodes and stands at the corner of Pearl Street and Eugene O’Neill Drive, at the city's redesigned municipal parking lot. (The Day)
The newest addition to New London's downtown public art collection is a life-size bronze sculpture of the Greek goddess Athena, protector of cities. The monument, seen Wednesday, July 18, 2018, was designed and sculpted by Connecticut artist Renee Rhodes and stands at the corner of Pearl Street and Eugene O’Neill Drive, at the city's redesigned municipal parking lot. (The Day)

New London — The newest addition to the city’s downtown public art collection is a life-size bronze sculpture of the Greek goddess Athena, protector of cities.

The monument, designed and sculpted by Connecticut artist Renee Rhodes, officially was dedicated last week during a ceremony with city officials at the corner of Pearl Street and Eugene O’Neill Drive, at the city's redesigned municipal parking lot.

"This project was a wonderful opportunity to join fine art with New London's rich nautical history,” Rhodes said in a written statement. “I created a life-size bronze sculpture of the goddess Athena, protector of cities, standing before a nautical mast and facing out to sea. The monument is to inspire the citizens and welcome visitors.”

The project is a collaboration with Hygienic Art and Kent + Frost, the Mystic-based company that designed the parking lot.

The monument was commissioned as part of the $1.5 million, partially grant-funded project that included a new pedestrian-friendly parking lot, sidewalks, the narrowing of Eugene O’Neill Drive to slow traffic and installation of trees and lighting.

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