Renée Rhodes is a Connecticut sculptor, working in bronze figures, who has devoted her life to the study of matters of the human heart and spirit. Her most recent installation, Athena, is an impressive addition to New London’s downtown public art collection. The monument was officially dedicated in July during a ceremony with city officials at the corner of Pearl St and Eugene O’Neill Drive.

“This project was a wonderful opportunity to join fine art with New London’s rich nautical history,” Rhodes said in a written statement. “I created a life-size bronze sculpture of the goddess Athena, protector of cities, standing before a nautical mast and facing out to sea. The monument is to inspire the citizens and welcome visitors.”

Her art work features themes about spiritual emergence using archetypal imagery, including the relationship between the human and animal realm. The overall themes focus on the journey of the soul – from the isolation in the self to our collective divine inheritance.