Art

The First Cemetery of Athens Part 1

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The tomb of business man and philanthropist George Averoff who died in 1899.

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I was in awe of this very old cemetery.

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A huge family grave belonging to a wealthy family.

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The very beloved Archbishop Christodoulos

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An angel holding a cross on the family grave of the  Pesmatzoglou. A very old aristocratic Athenian family.

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An angel holding a cross symbolizes redemption.

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This bust looks like ‘Lurch’ the butler from the Addams Family!

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Grave of famous Greek actress Aliki Viouklaki

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Grave of famous Greek actor Lambros Konstandaras

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A huge family mausoleum

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The grave of the legendary actress/singer Sofia Vebo.

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Sofia was given the nickname ‘The singer of victory’ «Τραγουδίστρια της Νίκης»

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It has been a year since my mother’s passing and we just recently held the one year memorial service for her. It isn’t until you lose a close member of your family that you become more acquainted with cemeteries. I wouldn’t normally tour and photograph a cemetery, as most of the cemeteries in Greece are very ‘cookie cutter’, meaning every grave looks the same. However, when I heard about the history and art of the First Cemetery of Athens I knew I had to pay a visit.

The First Cemetery of Athens dates back to 1837 and it is the oldest modern cemetery in Athens. It is a very unique graveyard in that it contains a lot of beautiful sculptures. There are over 768 sculptures carved by famous artists, 10, 233 family graves and 2,007 three year graves.

It is so big, about 170 acres, so it is impossible to explore all of it in one day. I took a lot of photographs so this post will be in two parts.

The Sculptor/Ο γλύπτης

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A sculptors’ workshop across the street from the First Cemetery in downtown Athens that I visited last month. Pictures from there coming soon..

Ένα εργαστήριο γλυπτών απέναντι από το πρώτο νεκροταφείο στο κέντρο της Αθήνας που επισκέφθηκα τον περασμένο μήνα. Φωτογραφίες από εκεί σύντομα ..

Waves of Trash/Κυμα Σκουπιδιων

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‘You can run, but you can’t hide’! Collage by Angela Zafiris

Recently a pregnant sperm whale washed up on a beach in Sardinia, Italy. The whale had 49 pounds of plastic in its stomach. Last month another whale was found washed up on the shores of the Philippines with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach. The oceans are full of plastics and air pollution has gotten worse.

The state of global air (SOGA) released a report that air pollution is the 5th leading cause of death in the world today. Countries in Asia and Africa are suffering the most due to the use of fuels like coal and charcoal for home cooking. The life expectancy of children in the countries will decrease by 20 months.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization) air pollution kills over 7 million people each year. Air pollution increases the risk of stroke, lung cancer and heart disease. Also, air pollution kills 50% of children under the age of 5.

Changes are being made in Europe with the banning of plastic bags and straws and the youth is protesting around the world for the environment. But, quicker and bigger changes need to made and everyone has to make environmental causes a top priority.

Survival/Επιβίωση

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Illustration with paper ‘Survival’ by Angela Zafiris

A woman surfaces from the dark waves and reflects a lightning bolt that is about to strike her.

This life only has meaning when we give it meaning. Some say it’s wonderful. Others call it a journey. But, we can’t ignore the basic fact that life was, is and will always be about survival.

Μια γυναίκα ξαναεμφανίζεται από τα σκοτεινά κύματα και αντικατοπτρίζει μια αστραπή που πρόκειται να την χτυπήσει.

Αυτή η Ζωή έχει νόημα μόνο όταν τις δίνουμε νόημα. Κάποιοι λένε ότι είναι υπέροχη. Μερικοί τη αποκαλούν ταξίδι. Αλλά, δεν μπορούμε να αγνοήσουμε το βασικό γεγονός ότι η ζωή ήταν, είναι και θα είναι πάντα θέμα επιβίωσης.

Earthly Treasures/Γη των θησαυρών

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Minimal handmade collage by Angela Zafiris

I didn’t start with a theme when I started playing with random pictures. I had the hand and the silver jug on paper first and the images fueled my imagination and it gave me this result. I think the artwork could be about the environment. It seems very ecological. I started working on this in April and April 22 was earth day, so why not?

Δεν ξεκίνησα με ένα θέμα όταν άρχισα να παίζω με τυχαίες εικόνες. Είχα πρώτα το χέρι και την ασημένια κανάτα σε χαρτί και οι εικόνες τροφοδότησαν τη φαντασία μου και μου έδωσε αυτό το αποτέλεσμα. Νομίζω ότι το έργο τέχνης θα μπορούσε να αφορά το περιβάλλον. Φαίνεται πολύ οικολογικό. Άρχισα να εργάζομαι σε αυτό τον Απρίλιο και στις 22 Απριλίου ήταν ημέρα της γης, ε λοιπόν γιατί όχι;

Creativity & Courage

Day Quote Challenge Day 3

I was nominated by Manuela to participate in the 3 day quote challenge.

Thank you to https://inaloveworld.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for this challenge.

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“Creativity Takes Courage”-Henri Matisse

One of my favourite quotes because it is one thing to have an idea or image in your head and another to actually go about bringing it to form. There is a lot of doubt and uncertainty. You will make mistakes.  The result won’t be like you expected, but it is worth a try.

My nominees are: https://sandsoftime10blog.wordpress.com/

https://itrainsinmyheart.wordpress.com/

https://instaology.com/

 

Escape From Earth/Αποδραστε απο τη Γη

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Lets escape this world

Leave the corrupt behind

Our holy bones

Do not rest

  The air makes us breathless

                                                    The water poisons and brings us thirst

                                                         The endless warnings of doom

                                                                         and gloom

 *2 and 1/2 minutes

on the clock

                                                                       till midnight

                                                                 That’s what they say

                                                        But, not if we are a world away.

* References the doomsday clock. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_Clock

The poem is inspired by all of the talk of ‘doomsday’ in April (again).