Southeastern most edge of Greece

 

On the southeastern most edge of Greece, on the fringes of Dodecanese, lies Kastelorizo, the semicircular island. The largest island of a small archipelago, yet the smallest of Dodecanese. One mile off the south coast of Turkey, seventy miles east of Rhodes, an isolated island offering unique scenery of unparalleled beauty.

 

Château Rouge

Castelrosso

Kızılhisar

Red Castle

 

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The Sculptor

In the semicircular island, on the left side of the “horseshoe”, which perfectly describes the shape of Kastelorizo, one can see a small white building nested amidst olive trees. Just where the land stops and sea takes over.

Overlooking the island, the nearby islets and the Turkish south coast, a room with a splendid view, serves as the humble studio and gallery of the sculptor Alexandros Zygouris.

Simple, minimal and honest Alexandros carries within him all that he needs. I have been lucky enough to conduct with a great artist, one of the most fruitful discussions over a simple black coffee and plenty of cigarettes.

The whitewashed curvy little studio can be reached through a small path. While walking towards the room with the splendid view, on your right  see the colour splashed houses and on the left the Rocks.

Alexandros infuses spirit and soul carving creatures and myths out of stone.

“The best time to work on those rocks, is during November”, Alexandros shares a secret with me.

“It’s due to the humidity’s lowest levels that allow rocks to better “obey” the human touch.” he says and I change the way i see Rocks.

 

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