Read More: Sydney Morning Herald: “Restored Lysicrates Monument unveiled at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens”
On Sunday, I was honoured to attend the unveiling of the Lysicrates monument in the Royal Botanical Gardens. The sandstone monument has sat in the gardens for over 150 years and, unfortunately, it needs a face lift from time to time. 70 years ago the monument was restored after a campaign from the Sydney Morning Herald, this time it’s been funded through charity and the state government stonemasons.
The monument itself is a replica of another ancient Greek monument of the same namethat was carved by marble and erected in Athens, 334 BC. The original was a commemoration and celebration of the musical performances taking place at the Theatre of Dionysus. I’m glad to see Ancient Greecefind a home in the gardens, what are Australia’s oldest scientific institution (which i didn’t realise until yesterday).
In unveiling the monument NSW Property minister Dominic Perrottet said, “The Lysicrates monument represents the rich cultural history and heritage that has shaped our city, our state and our nation, and we simply must preserve that history for future generations”.
I was thrilled to visit the gardens themselves. The weather was beautiful and the monument fit right in. Most notably, the Governor Generals wife Mrs Hurley sang a poem that she had written in honour of the unveiling. She was no doubt aware of the monuments history, and performed beautifully. The monument might be just the excuse you need to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, it’s a beautiful way to spend your weekend.