The marble statues on the Terrace of The People's Park were designed by G. H. Stokes and sculpted by Francesco Bienaimé.
From north to south, they do (or did) represent
She was the Roman goddess of love
He was the son of Odysseus and Penelope. In order to avoid going to the Trojan War, his father pretended to be insane. The deception was revealed when Palamedes placed the infant, Telemachus, in front of his father's plough, and Odysseus swerved to avoid the child Odysseus went to the war, and when he had been absent for 20 years, Penelope was urged to marry one of a number of suitors. Athena told Telemachus to turn the suitors away, and when this failed, he sailed away to discover his father's fate. When he returned to Ithaca, he was more self-confident and killed suitors
She was the Roman goddess of nature and forests, and later of hunting. Her Greek counterpart was Artemis.
She and her stag have suffered from erosion and vandalism
He was the son of Zeus and the twin of Artemis. He was the Roman and Greek god of the sun, music and truth.
The original was broken in transit. More recently, the entire figure was stolen
The Greek dramatist wrote about 120 plays, of which 7 tragedies survive
His right hand holds the apples which he had to gather from the Gardens of the Hesperides as his 11th labour. These were to be found in a grove surrounded by a high wall and guarded by an immortal dragon called Ladon, whose many heads spoke simultaneously in a Babel of tongues
The statues have been badly eroded over the years – and more recently damaged by vandals.
6 ft high urns of Carrara marble stand at each end of the terrace.
The planted urns between the statues are of cast-iron
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