Painting & UNESCO
Main Hall of Educational Institution
Feeling really proud and honoured as one of my paintings, “Harmonising Aspects of Civilisations”, is permanently displayed in the private educational institution “Fryganiotis“.
This painting was created in 2015 for the opening of the 1st UNESCO Student Symposium in northern Greece which was held in the premises of the private school. Since then it has been displayed permanently in the main hall of the school and has been admired by a large number of visitors, students and members staff every year.
Excerpt from the Symposium’s site:
The Greek World Heritage Sites
“…The aim of the symposium is to motivate students to participate in a constructive dialogue, through which will be presented all aspects of the relationship of young people with the monuments, the problems and challenges of maintenance, use and abuse of the most important monuments of our country….”
…the painting has been displayed permanently in the main hall of the school and has been admired by a large number of visitors…
Recently, the painting was spotted online as part of the school’s promotional posts on Facebook. The approx 1.0m x 1.2m acrylic painting of Parthenon was the background of an informational post regarding the school’s success in a local Chess Competition.
The painting was gifted to the school along with a description of the artistic meaning and thought process during its creation. Read here (original in Greek below):
Painting Title: Harmonising Aspects of Civilisations
In an era when there is no border between civilisations and the cultural influences mix characteristics, customs and traditions in a very fast pace, there are milestones to remind us not only the past but also its versatility to co-exist with the present.
This modern Parthenon, painted with purposely less detail, stands in the crossing line between the old and the modern underlining the possibility of those two standing together in a unique combination. Main ingredient of this combination is the Greek civilisation itself. On the one hand the classical Greek civilisation in blue with consistent, solid and certain brushstrokes as it would be suitable for the foundation of any structure. On the other hand the modern Greek civilisation, which is founded on the principles of the ancient one, however is the recipient of a storm of influences from other cultures and is in a constant process of modernisation, adaptation and renewal.
The two faces of the Greek civilisation are in a constant dialog through Parthenon, the most famous and emblematic structure of classical Greece, reminding to the observer that the new and the old are mainly tied together rather than clashing.