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Bronze Olive Trees ‘Decorate’ the Makedonia Palace in Thessaloniki

Constantinos Valaes and his artwork in the lobby of Makedonia Palace.

Constantinos Valaes and his artwork in the lobby of Makedonia Palace.

Thessaloniki’s landmark hotel Makedonia Palace is currently hosting an exhibition of bronze olive tree sculptures created by Greek artist Constantinos Valaes.

The Olives by Valaes” exhibition features a number of bronze olive trees, displayed in the hotel’s public areas.

“The visitors of Makedonia Palace will be able to see an ‘artistic olive grove’ in our lobby, as Valaes, for the first time presents three sculptures created in collaboration with Greek tattoo artist Sake,” the hotel’s management said in an announcement.

The olive tree – recognized around the world as a symbol of Greece – stood as an inspiration to Valaes, whose artworks are presented as global symbols of glory, peace and prosperity.

“With inspiration and passion, Constantinos Valaes works with bronze and brass to create sculptures that seem to ‘live’ in their surrounding environment,” management said.


Constantinos Valaes was born in 1957. He studied religious art and painting, as well as metal and goldsmithing. Since 1999, he has presented his work in more than 15 solo and dozens of group exhibitions. His works are also exhibited in private collections and public spaces in Greece and abroad.

The exhibition will be open for the hotel’s visitors and the residents of Thessaloniki from October until March. All sculptures are available for sale.

The exhibition is co-organized by Loudos Fine Art & Auctions.

Makedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki.

Makedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki.

The legendary five-star Makedonia Palace is Thessaloniki’s first luxury hotel established in 1971. Following an ambitious renovation project, the hotel aims to further enhance its services and support the development of tourism in Thessaloniki and the wider region.

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