The Boxers Statues

The Boxers Statues, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia

Public Art : The Boxers

Sculptor : Unknown

Date : The copies unveiled c.1880's

Description : The two 2m high marble statues are copies of the two boxer statues "Kreugas and Damoxenus". In striking boxer poses, the two naked boxers (well partial, if you take into account the strategically placed fig leaves) face each other in the park. One boxer looks more like he is bowling a cricket ball than boxing. Both are leaning on tree stumps. 

Location : Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia.

History of 'The Boxer' statues : The marble copies are copies from the original boxers statues, "Kreugas and Damoxenus" by Italian sculptor, Antonio Canova (1757-1822).. They were placed in the Botanic gardens around the 1880's.

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Trivia : The original Boxers were completed in 1802 and now reside at the Vatican Museum.

 

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