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Spero Anargyros

Spero Anargyros in 2003 in front of portrait by artist Barnaby Conrad.

January 23, 1915 - September 10, 2004

Obituary from San Francisco Chronicle, September 15, 2004
written by Steve Rubenstein

Spero Anargyros, a classically trained San Francisco sculptor whose bronze bust of Mayor George Moscone stands in City Hall, has died.

Mr. Anargyros, whose work also appears at the state Capitol in Sacramento and the Hall of Justice in San Francisco, died Friday in a San Mateo hospital following a brief illness. He was 89.

"It turns out I'm very radical," Mr. Anargyros often said, "because I do things people recognize."

His commissions took the sculptor around the world, and he designed official medallions to commemorate the Golden Gate Bridge, Hawaii's statehood, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park and the Alaska Centennial.

Mr. Anargyros dismissed modern sculpture instructors who "teach the virtue of hoping for happy accidents."

"There is enough beauty around us to copy," he said in a 1964 interview. "Why try to improve on it by imagining things?"

Mr. Anargyros, the son of a Greek immigrant florist, was a native of New York City and a student at the Art Students League of New York. He worked on the enormous 70-figure Mormon Church monument in Salt Lake City titled "This Is the Place" before coming to San Francisco in the 1950s.

From his light, lofty studio on Clay Street in North Beach, Mr. Anargyros crafted such pieces as the 21-ton granite seal for the Hall of Justice and restored the 23-foot-tall neoclassical figures for the Palace of Fine Arts. He later moved his studio to Brisbane.

In 1974, a bemused Mr. Anargyros found himself in the center of an art censorship flap when a photograph of his female nude sculptures was ordered ripped from 10,000 copies of the monthly magazine of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

"The one with the breasts ... is less scandalous than the Venus de Milo, who had no arms to distract attention," Mr. Anargyros said.

In 1981, he was commissioned to recreate two historic bronze sculptures for the front doors of the state Capitol, which was undergoing restoration. The sculptures depict a bear and a horse, and the other shows an Indian woman protecting her baby from a buffalo.

Mr. Anargyros also sculpted actor Kirk Douglas, restaurateur Vic Bergeron and airline executive Edward Daley. Last year, while confined to a wheelchair, he completed a 3-by-5-foot bas relief sculpture of Nelson Mandela.

"I was lucky," he said. "Early in life I found something I loved to do, and I've been doing it ever since."

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Maria Ester Anargyros, of San Bruno.

At his request, there will be no services. His wife said her husband wanted friends to "have a glass of ouzo in his name."