The bronze sculpture of Erotokritos and Aretousa, located in Kornarou Square, pays tribute to one of the greatest poems of new European literature and perhaps the masterpiece of Cretan literature during Venetian domination, "Erotokritos" by Vitsentzos Kornaros. It was written in the 17th century and it consists of 10,012 rhyming verses in the fifteen-syllable iambic line written in the Cretan dialect. Erotokritos is a timeless masterpiece about love, honour, friendship, faith and bravery and it is an integral part of local tradition. Christodoulos Halaris has composed music for the poem and it has been sung by a plethora of important artists such as Nikos Xilouris.
The sculpture is located in Theotokopoulou Park and represents one of the most important painters of all times, Doménikos Theotokópoulos. Also known as “El Greco”, Doménikos Theotokópoulos was born in Heraklion in 1541 and died in Toledo, Spain, in 1614. He took his first lessons at the Artistic and Grammar School of Saint Catherine. In 1566 he went to Venice, in an effort to broaden his knowledge on the artistic currents of the Italian Renaissance. He started working in Titian's atelier where he stayed for four years working also on Sculpture. He then went to Rome, where he was first nicknamed El Greco.
The sculpture depicts Ioannis Vlachos, nicknamed "Daskalogiannis" for his great education. He was born in Anopoli of Sfakia (1722). His real name was Ioannis Vlachos. He was a close personal friend of the Benakis family from Mani and of the Russian Admiral Orlov. He travelled to Russia from where he brought weapons for the revolution that followed. Leading a group of 1,300 rebels from the area of Sfakia, he launched the Revolution in Sfakia in 1769. The revolution was a success and Daskalogiannis fought bravely, but when things got difficult, he turned himself in, in order to avoid retaliation against his compatriots. He was transferred and imprisoned in Koules, Heraklion.
The sculpture entitled “The Dancer” was created by Man. Tzompanakis and is located in Theotokopoulou Park. It portrays a woman who is dancing.
Artist: Manolis Tzompanakis
Location: Theotokopoulou Park
The sculpture “As years go by” (Χρόνο με το Χρόνο) is a creation by Manolis Harkoutsis under the campaign to save and promote the ancient olive trees of Crete launched by the Technological Educational Institute of Crete and various cultural associations.
Artist: Manolis Harkoutsis
Location: Forecourt of the Natural History Museum of Crete (temporary location)
A sculpture dedicated to the dearest of all creatures, the Mother! It is located in Faneromeni Square (opposite Heraklion Cultural and Conference Centre).
Artist: Tzompanakis Emmanouil
Location: Faneromeni Square (opposite Heraklion Cultural and Conference Centre)