CM: Panayiotis Lambrinidis' Attention is a study for a sculpture of monumental scale. It belongs to a series of works, each of which deals with a different subject relating to the human, the animal, the tree or the arrow as symbol. The subject of the present work relates to the arrow in its archetypal form, where its sharp point highlights the focus of attention.
Attention involves a complex cognitive human process. Forming the base of the pyramid of cognitive abilities, attention promotes and strengthens all other cognitive processes such as perception, desire, memory, thinking, etc. Attention is an inner power that has to do with the essence of the human as an intelligent being. It is actually an insight, which refers to the direct understanding of reality. It is about a delicate internal process that enables the human to cope with the purpose of his existence. The problems that the human is asked to solve in life require him to focus his attention. The issue is to link his attention to his sensory experience.
Since attention is conceptually impersonal Lambrinidis visually renders it in an abstract manner. Herewith, identical black arrows directed towards different orientations, but never touching one another, fill the white surface of a sphere. Small red signs scattered on the sphere's surface refer to the points that arrows locate and bring to our attention. The composition alternates chaos with order. In some cases a group of arrows is jointly oriented towards a common goal. If by extension the composition describes society, then the arrows refer to living units as they turn their attention towards a vital source of energy. Attention concerns any system of rational beings. From a distance Lambrinidis' Attention appears like an atom with its nucleus and electrons.