Panepistimiou, Omonia, Piraeus, where the glamor of the past decades is “hidden” behind the wear and tear of time and the speed of the modern era, where gray is the absolute background, recently made its appearance a ray of beauty and optimism.
It is the new mural that one will encounter leaving the University to meet Omonia Square, which depicts the goddess Athena in a special artistic performance. The new mural stands high on a partition, on a pink background and looks like it was painted by a child.
This work is entitled “She Who Protects” and is commissioned by the Arts House of the Onassis Foundation, while the man who created it is the young artist Aristides Lappas.
According to Mr. Lappas, he was inspired by the area, the environment and the people living in the center of the capital, as well as by a banner that was hung in a neighboring building.
Speaking about his work, Mr. Lappas said:
“With this opportunity given to me, I wanted to create a project in which people who are not given a chance, but also the space to express themselves, can find a home, a hope and an understanding in difficult conditions.”
The goddess Athena was chosen as the theme of the play, representing the symbol of the strong female power, which protects the capital. It is a symbol that takes shape from the people who live and move next to it, while having a multicultural character.
At the same time, pink is characterized as a color of joy and optimism that is so lacking in the current profile of Athens but also in the lives of all of us who have been affected in recent years by the living conditions and restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
The work clearly captures the message of diversity that must make its presence felt until equality and inclusion prevail. The clothes on Athena’s spear and shield clearly show influences from Africa, the Balkans and other parts of the world. which is in line with the profile of multicultural Athens that hosts people, trends and cultures from around the world.
Source: Εναλλακτική Δράση by enallaktikidrasi.com.
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