Mikri Salamina Sculpture Park

Published 27th of November, 2018

A few days ago we found out about an event organised by Chakra Gallery in the Old Town. A day trip to a sculpture park with a tour provided by the artist responsible for all the creations. We cleared our calender and jumped at the opportunity. We are so, so glad we did...

Distant Sculpture Park

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Last saturday we met up with Lauren and Joel from Chakra at their gallery in Old Town Pafos. We were to travel in a convoy with other art fans to the park, which is near the village of Fasoula, above Limassol.

We met up with more people at a coffee shop in the village. I think we overwhelmed the chap running it, and I don't think anybody actually got a coffee out of him, though several of us bought stuff from the stall outside, which was selling household items at €2 a pop.

I actually took this picture at the end of the day, but it makes more sense putting it here. The building you can see is called Art Nest. It is the realisation of the dream of renowned Cypriot Artist Philippos Yiapanis. It lies within the sculpture park, and we shall be visiting both.

We have featured some of Philippos' work in previous blogs. More on that later though.

Park Here

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We parked outside the gates, and made our way in. I had no idea what to expect, but I could already make out some nice pieces through the fence.

Now, on this trip, my wife and I took several hundred pictures. I've managed to whittle them down to 100, but that is still 20 pages of photos to see. So I will include a handy link here to take you to half way through the blog. That way, if you want to view the blog in two sittings you won't have to wade through the first set of pictures again.

Go to Page 11.

Wow

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The sculptures by the entrance are amazing. They are also everywhere. Philippos is very prolific.

Disclaimer

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I feel I should point out that though we were given a tour of the park by the artist himself, the opinions expressed in this blog are my own. Any misinterpretations will be down to me. The tour was free-flowing, and we were allowed to wander back and forth however we liked. So I may have missed some explanations or only half heard others. The place is amazing, and it is easy to get caught up exploring it on your own.

The Man Himself

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This is Philippos Yiapanis, and boy does he have an interesting story to tell.

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