Monument of late sculptor Anton Agius unveiled in Rabat

A monument of the late sculptor Anton Agius was unveiled in Rabat on May 7, under the patrimony of President George Abela.

The sculpture was a first joint venture between sculptors and artists Joe Scerri and Monica Spiteri. Scerri was a student of Anton Agius's, who rendered the work of the figure and the two dogs, whilst Agius’s brother Michael cast the original working bench in the monument.

Monica Spteri became Agius's student while following an evening course at MCAST, where she studied modelling and sculpture.

Through Agius himself, she made acquaintances with Italian founder 'Massimo del Chiaro' in Pisa, where she gave her contribution to the waxwork before it was cast in bronze.

“Anton shared his knowledge and encouraged me to develop my skills not only in wood sculpture but also into modeling and bronze finishing. One of my greatest satisfactions is the bust of Anton Agius finished in bronze, which can be seen at the Philanthropic Society ‘Ir Razzett tal Markiz Tabone’ in Mosta,” she said.

Agius passed away on October 19, 2008.

His monuments include the Workers’ Monument in Msida, the monument to ‘Dun Mikiel Scerri u Shabu’ in Valletta, the 31 March, 1979 monument at Vittoriosa, the Manwel Dimech statue at Valletta, and the Sette Giugno Riots monument, also in Valletta.