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Aristides Burton Demetrios, Virginia Lee Burtonís oldest son, is a renowned contemporary sculptor whose works can be seen throughout the United States and elsewhere around the world. Educated at Harvard University in history and literature, Demetrios later studied sculpture with his father, George Demetrios, in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Since then, he has worked with the some of the nationís leading designers (Thomas Church, Lawrence Halprin, Peter Walker, Ken Kay, Peter Calthrope, and Michael Taylor) to create bronze fountains and sculptures, large scale outdoor stainless steel sculptures, and painted steel sculptures commissioned for public pavilions, private residential gardens, and corporate facilities. Demetrios also exhibits his work in galleries throughout the United States. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Michael Burton Demetrios was born on August 30, 1935 in Groton, Massachusetts. When he was four, Virginia Lee Burton dedicated Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel to him and he served as the model for the little boy who helps Mike and Mary Anne dig the cellar in one day. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Demetrios was the president of Marine World Africa USA for more than twenty years. While president, Demetrios, together with a group of businessman, purchased the park from Resorts International and successfully relocated to Vallejo, California. Now, Marine World Africa USA is a world class facility and has reached annual attendance levels of 1.9 million. Since January 1998, Demetrios has served as President of Intra-Asia, a US Company with two amusement parks in China and plans to have five additional parks. He travels extensively throughout China and sees this as an "exciting and fascinating time to be doing business with China". Michael Demetrios lives outside of Los Angeles.

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