The Runners sculpture, a 16-foot sculpture at O’Hare International Airport funded by the Athens Committee of CSCI, can now be seen in all its beauty in the evening. Lighting for the sculpture has recently been installed, illuminating it for travelers to see no matter the time of day they arrive in Chicago.
Sculpted by Dr. Theodoros Papagiannis, The Runners was a major project of the Athens Committee. The Committee raised the funds for all aspects of the project. It was dedicated and accepted into the Chicago Public Art Collection in 2011.
The sculpture project was part of the International Sculpture Exchange Program, a collaboration among Chicago Sister Cities International; the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Chicago Gateway Green, a non-profit civic organization with the purpose of enhancing Chicago’s expressways, gateways, and neighborhoods; and in cooperation with the Chicago Department of Aviation.
At the time of dedication, Demetrios Kozonis, Chair of the Athens Committee said, “This gift represents the large Greek population here in Chicago and demonstrates the long history of friendship, goodwill, and exchange shared between Chicago and its Sister City of Athens. This is the largest and most extensive project undertaken by a Sister City committee, and we’ve been so impressed by the Greek community’s dedication to and passion for this project.”