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The monument of the unknown artist

The Monument of the Unknown Artist is one of the few outdoor sculptures that colour is used.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    2016 Placed.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The sculpture depicts a red balloon, which is lifting a heavy chain. The balloon symbolizes man’s dreams and his desire to make them come true. This desire can defy the heavy chain and even break it. The title of the sculpture is written in the form of a hashtag in Greek and English, and the artist of the work is indeed unknown.

What I can't see

Here, there used to be a sculpture that was transferred elsewhere, but the pedestal remained in place. The pedestal was empty for a long time. At Christmas 2016, 4 men dressed as Santas, placed the sculpture on the empty pedestal, giving the city a “Christmas present”.


  • Address: Vas. Amalias Av. & Souri St.


Unsigned, (2016), Το μνημείο του αγνώστου καλλιτέχνη στο κέντρο της Αθήνας, [The monument of the unknown artist], in Enikos

Last visit 12/7/2023


Field observation by scientific editors