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Yérassimo (Gerasimos) Sklavos

Les sœurs cardinales

1964
Presentation of the artwork
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.
Associated events
Sklavos’ artwork was executed for the International Sculpture Symposium in Montréal (1964), the first time a symposium was held in North America. The goals of this concept, created a few years earlier in Europe, were to have artists create monumental sculptures in a context of encounters with the public and to provide public spaces with international-calibre artworks. Instigated by sculptor Robert Roussil, this symposium gathered 11 sculptors from nine countries and attracted more than 40,000 visitors. It was seen as one of the events that brought Québec into artistic and cultural modernity.
Yérassimo (Gerasimos) Sklavos
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.
Awards and honours
  • Prix Jeunes artistes à la Biennale de Paris, 1961
Detail
Variation of title
Les sœurs cardinales (SISM-64)
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1964
Mode of acquisition:
Purchase
Accession date
March 7 1966
Technique(s)
Direct carving
Materials
Marble; granite
General dimensions
440 x 360 x 100
Manufacturer
  • Sklavos, Yérassimo (Gerasimos)
Les sœurs cardinales
Borough
Ville-Marie
Park
Parc du Mont-Royal