5 years of bailouts: The grim legacy of Greece’s crisis

By Nikos Paphitis- Associated Press

Publiched in New York Times, Washington Post, Abc news, Fox news

The sculpture shows a shabbily-dressed man slipping off what appears to be a graph, an economic index perhaps, that is crumbling under his feet. His mouth is distended in something less than a scream, more than a cry.

It’s clearly not one of Greece’s classical marbles depicting the wars and gods of old — in fact, it’s the first public monument about the country’s harrowing experience of economic depression.

The resin-and-fiberglass piece, by 22-year-old Tasos Nyfadopoulos, is named “Crisis” and speaks of a country trying to cope with a collapsing economy.

“It is extremely important to provide a voice for the human beings behind the numbers, who have a real story to tell that goes beyond statistics,” Nyfadopoulos told The Associated Press.

The sculptor worked on the project for four years and donated it to a southern Athens municipality, where it stands beside a busy highway linking the city center with the southern beach front.

 “Art must turn the collective experience of the crisis into an image, so that people can remember what has happened, and question every decision that has been taken in their name without their having being consulted,” Nyfadopoulos said.

 

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THE IDEA BEHIND “CRISIS” SCULPTURE

by Fotopoulou Dimitra

Communication manager of “Crisis” sculpture

The creation for the artistic project crisis was made possible thanks to the inspiration and initiative of the sculptor Tasos Nyfadopoulos, who conceived the idea for creating a sculpture addressing crisis in 2011. During 2011, the financial as well as social crisis affected people’s daily lives in Europe and America dramatically.

The sculptor, Tasos Nyfadopoulos, was inspired to portray this difficult situation by creating a sculpture. The materialization of the artistic project “crisis” was undertaken by the nonprofit Organization LOGIKI, which in turn, donates the sculpture to the municipality of Elliniko-Argyroupoli.

The main objective of the sculpture is to present in the most vivid and imminent manner the consequences of crisis, focusing mainly on man’s suffering and expresses the way he lives through with a view to portray its multidimensial character.

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For inquiries get in touch with Anastasios Nyfadopoulos! Email: nyfadopoulos@gmail.com