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Thursday, January 25, 2007

What I learned while eating sushi

From the Cyprus Mail, 24th January 2007

Makarios cut down to size
By Jean Christou

THE CHURCH is to remove the giant bronze statue of Archbishop Makarios that has graced the grounds of the Archbishopric for the past 15 years and replace it with a more realistic option.

The announcement was made by Archbishop Chrysostomos yesterday. He said there had been so many complaints about the ten-metre statue over the years that it was time for it to go.

He said it would be replaced with a two-metre marble likeness of Makarios that would be a more realistic size.
“It’s moving because a lot of people have reacted over the size,” the Archbishop told the Cyprus Mail. “People say it’s too big and is an eyesore.”

The statue was designed and sculpted by Nikos Kotziamanis between 1984 and 1987 and placed right in front of the Archbishopric. It was the brainchild of the previous Archbishop Chrysostomos, who was replaced as the Cypriot Church leader late last year following an extended illness.
The new Archbishop said his predecessor had wanted it the way it was made and would not listen to any opposing views. It had been suggested to him that the giant statue was fine but would look better out of the city in an open area or at a high elevation.

Chrysostomos II said he was now looking for a sculptor in Greece to discuss the new statue. “We are going to put a more life-size statue in the Archbishopric and move the bigger one out of Nicosia to a non-residential area,” he said. ‘It could be at Kykkos or it could be Panayia. We have not decided yet.”

Chrysostomos said it might even take a year for the move to be made, depending on how long it would take to have the new statue made. “We are not in a hurry,” he said. He also said the costs would be large. “But it needs to be done,” he added.

Kotziamanis, one of the most prolific sculptors around, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
His first sculpture of Makarios was a bronze 18-inch head in 1979. He has also created fibre glass figures of Makarios for the municipalities of Larnaca and Nicosia, a 2.5 metre bronze statue of Makarios for Pedhoulas, in 1981, and a 4.5 metres one for Larnaca Municipality in 1983, among other Makarios tributes.
He has also bronzed Lord Byron, EDEK honorary chairman Vassos Lyssarides, former Greek Prime Minster Andreas Papandreou, the late Cyprus President Spyros Kyprianou, ex US President Bill Clinton and British Speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd.
In April 2005 he was attempting to get off the ground a project to recreate the Colossus of Rhodes.

Opws se vlepw kai me vlepeis.
O archepiskopos panta epanaprosdiorizei to kitsch. Etsi paei.
Culture is in flux baby.
Culture is in flux.


Constantinos said...

Get the cameras ready! NOW! (Please find out when its's happening - I can't miss it). May I ask a question - they are going to move it, but where to? I mean what are they going to do with it? Obviosuly they cannont hide it round the corner -

Demetris said...

Min fovase.
To meletaw egw. To meletaw.

En na eshei poreia fantazoume - ite pros Kykko ite pros Panagia. The return of the Real.

The interesting thing will be to actually cut it into bits - fragment it that is- and then put it back together again me oxygono-kollisi. To just renact the funeral -in XXL mode- will only be the delayed signification of the fall of / shift from totalitarian nationalism, and the official launch of 'managed' democracy instead of the politics of blood, sweat and tear(s).The sentimenatal possibilities -sociologically speaking- of such a Grand Tour are of course interesting. But I have no desire to sit and watch Ulysse's Gaze yet again.

Ase pou mes to nou mou paizei jai to plan b: na to xanavaloun jame sto hwrafi / parking / elikodromio ektatis anagkis, opws prin, na kartera.

Jai epedi gyrefkw opws xerete spiti: an to pouloun, gorazw to.

drakouna said...

Μα εδκιάβασα το τζιαι γω αλλά επιδή δεν είδα να γίνονται ογκώδεις διαδηλώσεις, δεν του έδωσα σημασία.

Προφανώς θα το βάλουν στο θρονί, στο βουνό ψηλά εκεί και τα αεροπλάνα θα πρέπει να προσέχουν για να το αποφύγουν.

anekdoti said...

Στα Θρονί θα το βάλουν για να μας προσέχει και να έχουμε κι εμείς οι ταπεινοί νησιώτες μια νότα γκλαμουριάς από Ρίο Ντε Τζανέιρο.... άκουσα τον αρχιεπίσκοπο στο Μέγκα και έτσι είπε πως σκέφτονται να κάνουν...

anekdoti said...

Δεν λες πάλε καλά που αποφασισαν επιτέλους να τον σηκώσουν... που τον έχουμε εκεί και στέκεται σαν τον χάρο που βγήκε παγανιά και συντρομάσσει τους 3 τουρίστες και τα 7 αποδημητικά που καταφέρνουν να φτάσουν ως την πρωτεύουσα....

Constantinos said...

Throniasmenos sto throni na mas thori thoroughly (twin baoli)

jester said...

je men nomizis, to thema en to pithano optiko pedio pou mpori na kalipsi i ethnarxiki matia. toutos o jinourkos ekatalave oti mono os tin eleftheria vlepi o makarios je lei sou oi, prepei na vlepi pantou.

Demetris said...

Meanwhile in other papers:

From Phileleftheros, 25 Jan 07

Το ελληνικό μέτρο
Tης Μαρίνας Σχίζα
ΔΙΑΒΑΣΑ με ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον τις δηλώσεις του Αρχιεπισκόπου Χρυσοστόμου Β' για τις σκέψεις που γίνονται για μεταφορά στον Κύκκο του τεράστιου αγάλματος του Μακαρίου που βρίσκεται στο προαύλιο της Αρχιεπισκοπής.
Ψάχνω, λέει, να βρω έναν καλό γλύπτη στην Ελλάδα για να κάνουμε ένα φυσικό ανδριάντα, ύψους περίπου δύο μέτρων και όχι εννέα μέτρων, σε μάρμαρο, γιατί η Αρχιεπισκοπή την οποία έκτισε ο μακαρίτης ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος, είναι πετρόκτιστη και περισσότερο πηγαίνει, πιστεύω, δεν είμαι καλλιτέχνης, ένας μαρμάρινος ανδριάντας.
Πολύ ορθά έθεσε το θέμα ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος γιατί φαίνεται ότι, αν και δεν είναι καλλιτέχνης, έχει την αίσθηση του αρχαίου ελληνικού μέτρου. Μου έκανε εντύπωση η τόλμη του, αφού τόσα χρόνια όλοι -και θρησκευτικοί και πολιτικοί ηγέτες- φοβόντουσαν να θίξουν δημόσια το θέμα. Όλοι διαμαρτύρονταν σιωπηλά και κανένας δεν εξέφραζε φωναχτά την άποψή του.
Μια μικρή συμβουλή όμως Μακαριότατε. Γιατί χρειάζεται να γίνει ένα νέο, έστω φυσικών διαστάσεων, άγαλμα του Μακαρίου; Με τη λογική αυτή να κάνουμε και ένα του Χρυσόστομου Α'.

En peirazei Marina mas. En peirazei. Kapote mporei na katalaveis ti 'logiki' kai ti 'hrisimotita'.

Ti na peis pion.

Constantinos said...

sp.:"esi vri3e giati eisai o monos pou nikw pou damesa"
gav.:"o monos pou nika, imish, o monos pou nika. ANA3IOS!"
sp.:"vri3e eipa sou"

quoting M.S. (not the one with the qreat chef, neither Tassos' car)
Πολύ ορθά έθεσε το θέμα ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος γιατί φαίνεται ότι, αν και δεν είναι καλλιτέχνης, έχει την αίσθηση του αρχαίου ελληνικού μέτρου
Tziai lalw tzi' egw kati e3exasa, kati e3exasa. Ta gerima tziai ta skoteina tounto arxaio elliniko metro. Krimas ta xartia tziai ta ptixia

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