Winged Greek Goddess Finds New Home in Vancouver

8906260A lasting memory of the 2010 Winter Olympics, a four-meter bronze statue of Nike, the Greek winged goddess of victory, is to be erected at the Cordova Viaduct in downtown Vancouver.

The bronze Nike statue was donated to Vancouver by Mayor Georgios Aidonis of Olympia, Greece to commemorate the link between winter 2010-host Vancouver and Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. The statue has been hidden out of sight in a storage crate at one of the city’s public works yards, since it arrived in Vancouver in February 2010.

According to The Province, the Nike statue, which was created by Greek artist Pavlos Angelos Kougioumtzis, has proved problematic at the time.

Vancouver public art program manager Bryan Newson stressed, “We had absolutely no time to deal with it during the Olympics,” while adding that the process of finding a home for the statue wasn’t easy.

Among potential homes for the Greek statue that were later rejected, were Jack Poole Plaza, the top of Queen Elizabeth Park, which is already home to a Henry Moore sculpture, and the foot of Granville Street.