Cobblestone paths dotted with trees are beautiful within their own right, but when you add stunning bronze and marble sculptures into the mix, the experience becomes all the more inspiring. Just a ten minute drive away from Limassol, this peaceful oasis known as Mikri Salamina Sculpture Park was once the private haven of local artist, Philippos Yiapanis. Now open to the general public, curious visitors can ogle at spectacular bronze and marble sculptures under open skies.
The artist’s work here first began in 1996, when he purchased the land on which he wanted to create a space to work and display his sculptures. He then set about creating different spaces within the park, which now also houses a so-called Art Nest – a strikingly modern multipurpose arts centre officially opened at the end of 2018 which is said to resemble a shop and symbolise the trip to Ithaka. Step inside the space to catch a glimpse of his sculptures beautifully displayed in a gallery filled with light, standing out against the background of hilly landscape.
In the gallery and surrounding park there are around 140 pieces on display; from stunning female figures and erotic shapes, to silhouettes of animals and figures from Greek mythology, there is plenty to rouse the senses as you get better acquainted with the artist’s vision.
Keep in mind that the venue is also available for hosting events, be that a conference, a dinner or cocktail party.
About Philippos Yiapanis
One of the most well-known Cypriot sculptors working in bronze, Yiapanis’ love affair with sculpture first began in high school, and he was hooked ever since. His first solo exhibition took place in 1996, followed by more solo and group exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad. Today, his sculptures can be seen in locations across the island, including Cape Greco, the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium in Larnaca and more.
Mikri Salamina Sculpture Park & Art Nest: Agias Paraskevis Str., Fasoula, Limassol district. Please call before planning your visit: +357 96 53 83 69