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I guess a sculpture is artwork so that is the category I used. This enormous statue of Alexander the Great (also Alexander III of Macedon) is a centrepiece of Macedonia Square. The woman seated on the fountain is holding 4 pink balloons. Alexander was born in Thella to the west of Thessaloniki in July 365 BC. This statue might not exist anymore following protests from Greece. In FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), a former Prime Minister named their airport after Alexander the Great, and erected a huge statue in the capital, Skopje. However, after ongoing debate, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev ordered the name of the airport to be changed and the statue to be taken down. Zaev has been Prime Minister of North Macedonia since 30 August 2020, a position he previously held from 31 May 2017 to 3 January 2020. Re the ongoing dispute between Greece & North Macedonia, about the origins of Alexander, maybe this best sums it up... "Perhaps the best answer is that he was both: a man born in Ancient Macedonia, the son of a Macedonian King of Greek descent, educated by the esteemed Greek philosopher Aristotle, who went on to spread Ancient Greek culture and life throughout a world that has since changed dramatically."

Source: https://theculturetrip.com/europe/greece/articles/was-alexander-the-great-greek-or-macedonian/

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