Students from high schools across the island recently unleashed their fine creative streak to pay tribute to the island’s rich history and culture, with 100 giant artworks now erected in Paphos in a joint initiative between the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture and Pafos 2017.

 

Photo: Paul Lambis 

Take a stroll by the Medieval Castle all the way down to the lighthouse behind the archaeological park, and you’ll be greeted by countless multicoloured ancient idols set against the magnificent backdrop of the deep blue.

 

Photo: Yiannos Economou

Photo: Paul Lambis 

Inspired by an infamous ancient Cyprus fertility symbol, the so called ‘idol of Pomos’, some students pay homage to the natural world – painting flowers, doves, olive branches and more – while others have drawn on history, mythology and culture, with intricate depictions of characters and items that shed light on the island’s intricate past. Other stunning works have simply been adorned with abstract shapes and take on a more modern and playful approach.

 

Photo: Yiannos Economou

The ‘idol of Pomos’ – a woman with her arms spread wide – is a prehistoric sculpture found in the village of Pomos and dates back to the Chalcolithic period, around 30th century BC. Today, you can have a look at the treasured statue in the Cyprus Museum  in Nicosia, while the symbol also adorns the Cyprus 2 euro coins!

The student works will remain on display in their location in Paphos until September 2017.

 

Photo: Paul Lambis 

 

 

Cover photo: Yiannos Economou

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