Athena at Athens Square Park
One of several Athena sculptures in New York City, the Athena statue at Athens Square Park in Queens, NY, is a fabricated bronze replica of the Piraeus Athena (ca. 350 BCE). The statue was presented to the City of New York as a gift from then Athens Mayor Demetris Avramopoulos on March 28, 1998. The gift was made as part of a larger effort on the part of the city to reconstruct the park as a neighborhood gathering place based upon the ideas of the local Greek-American population.
Most notable about this representation of Athena is the absence of her usual armor accompaniments. There is no spear and no shield. Her breastplate has been replaced by a slimmer metal sash version. Medusa and snake imagery remain. Athena, however, is depicted as usual with a helmet.