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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Polis gets a sculpture park ]

Polis gets a sculpture park

A SCULPTURE park is set to officially open in Polis tis Chrysochous today, in time for World Tourism Day tomorrow.

Polis is holding an event in celebration of this day, and since September 15, nine sculptures have been working on their projects, which will be put in place, in the park area next to the town’s municipal building tomorrow.

Councillor Kyriacos Cleanthos confirmed that the artists had been working in the forest area of the Polis campsite for two weeks.

“The nine artists are well known and their work is of a very high standard,” he said.

“They are working in locally sourced stone and are sculpting one piece each.”

Mayor of Polis, Angelos Odysseous Georgiou, confirmed this event as the first of its kind, although the town has held various events in support of World Tourism Day for the last seven years.

“The sculptures will remain the property of the municipality and will be displayed for everyone to enjoy,” Georgiou added.

Artists taking part are from Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Spain and Syria.

“We would like to thank everyone for supporting this event,” said Georgiou. “In order to further enrich this area, the council decided to co-operate and support the Cyprus Arts Association to organise the first International Sculpture Symposium.”

The pieces will reflect the days of the civilisation of Marion Arsinoe, which is the ancient name for Polis Chrysochous, in remembrance of the Kingdom of Marion.

According to legend, the son of Theseus, Athenian Akamas, landed near Polis after the Trojan War and the Akamas cape is named after him. During this period, Polis was known as Marion.

Marion was one of the Kingdoms founded by the Mycenaean’s when they came to Cyprus. They are credited with founding the Mycenaean civilisation in Greece.

They settled in Cyprus between 1400 B. C. and 1100 B.C. Later, a new city arose from the ruins of Marion, and was given the name Arsinoe.

In this guise, the city prospered during the Hellenistic and Roman Ages. No reference to the city was uncovered, until the late middle Ages, when it was known as Chrysochou and later, Polis tis Chrysochou.

In modern times, Polis is the administrative centre of the area, which includes 25 villages.

According to the mayor, each artist will be presented with a diploma to symbolise the event.

“We’re lucky to have so many well-known artists taking part, such as; Havier Gonzales, Jannine Korts, Lili Bombornikova, Amber Warta and Fanis and George Raxoutis, Antoine Basbous, and Andreas Tamamounas and Andreas Costantinou, both self-taught and both living and working in Polis Chrysochous,” he explained.

These sculptures will be used for the creation of a sculpture park and its hoped this will contribute to bringing local and foreign visitors to Polis.

“We believe the attraction will be a place people can meet and have a close contact with the world of art and sculpture. I also hope it will lift the profile of Polis as a general tourist destination,” said the mayor.

World Tourism Day

WORLD TOURISM Day emerged from the third UNWTO General assembly held in Torremolinos in Spain in 1979.

Celebrated annually on September 27 since 1980, the event’s purpose is to create awareness of the necessity tourism holds internationally. In addition it shows the cultural, social, political and economic effect the industry holds across the globe.

The host country this year is Peru and the theme of the day is, ‘responding to the challenge of climate change and global warming.’

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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