PRAXITELIS TZANOULINOS The Walls of Troy 1987 - x +

CN: TzaP1987wall

MT: bronze and stone (24x38x26)

DN: Mr. Praxitelis Tzanoulinos - 2008

CM: Praxitelis Tzanoulinos declares to be a passionate reader of Homer's Odyssey - perhaps literature's most interesting allegory for human life. So in 1987 he began to create a series of works on the theme of the Odyssey. Contemplating the Odyssey's poetic dimension, he started the series by creating the ransacked Walls of Troy. Though archaeology uncovered the fact that the Trojan civilization was destroyed up to eight times over the years, the walls of Troy, resisted the terrible battles and stand in place still today. According to mythology, when the walls of Troy were built, gods Apollo and Poseidon took along with them Aeacus, because they knew that if they did not involve a mortal in this project, the city would become impregnable and its residents would defy their gods. Thus the walls of Troy were vulnerable in their resistance.

Tzanoulinos was always fascinated by the coexistence of nature and man. The juxtaposition of wall and earth refers to the intervention of man in nature. Here earth is represented by a rock from the sea of Tinos island. This rock has an interesting color scheme that alludes to earth. Tzanoulinos found it in the sea as it was laboured by the unscrupulous sculptor, who is the wave of the sea together with time. Mysteriously, nature is but a raw power, and it remains unknown where it originates from and how it evolves. This small rock shares with all other rocks in universal truth. Faced with the universe's infinity, man always seeks to put order with his logic in the chaotic natural environment. The human element is represented by the rectangular plinth standing vertically upright. This is the first plinth on the wall that man built on the amorphous hill of Troy. As a matter of fact, one of the plinth's corner follows the line imposed by the rock's shape. Such a plinth from antiquity, along with others that are still standing through the passing of time testify to the rational policy that man strives to impose on nature. History is witness to the fact that nature accepts the building of a wall only when is wisely built and in harmony with respect for the environment. Thus ensues the dialogue between the work of God and man that only in a few instances manages to survive throughout time. It is worth noting the minute distance separating the rock from the plinth. The light that passes between them does not separate, but rather connects the one with the other in the form of a harmonious dialogue.

[Megakles Rogakos 05/2008]