By Costas Varotsos
Hilton square, Athens (Greece)
"Dromeas II" ("Runner II") was created by Greek artist Costas Varotsos and completed in 1994. It has also been called "Marathon Runner" or "Glass Runner" in some circles as many can relate to the movement the piece invokes. This very interesting statue is made of stacked plates of glass and is prominently displayed in the Hilton square, located at the end of Vassilissis Sofias Avenue. Varotsos works primarily in glass and steel, materials he transforms into works of art that ignite the imagination. Varotsos' sculptures interact with and explore the specific sites they occupy as seen with this piece.
Costas Varotsos was born in Athens, Greece in 1955. He studied fine arts and architecture in Italy. With studios in Greece and Italy he has successfully exhibited in galleries around the world for over twenty years. In 1999 he was appointed professor for Fine Arts at the University for Architecture in Thessaloniki (Greece). He has displayed his work in one-artist exhibitions since 1978 and he has had his sculptures selected to appear at the Venice Biennale. For the 1999 Venice-based celebration, his country selected him as their sole representative, and his work fills Greece's entire pavilion.