A replica of a mural named “Cycle of Glory”, a gift by overseas Greeks to decorate the Athens Olympic Stadium, was presented on Thursday at an event hosted by the foreign ministry. The Athens Olympic Stadium, the heart of the Olympic Games, was chosen to remind of the love and pride which unites all Greeks. The event was jointly organised by the deputy responsible for Overseas Hellenism issues Panayiotis Skandalakis and Deputy Culture Minister Fani Palli Petralia.
Love for the motherland, respect for all the Greeks and pride for the most successful and safe holding of Olympic Games ever to be held were the main elements underlined by speakers.
Petralia said the “Cycle of Glory” mural is not merely a wonderful work of art but it is also the exclusive symbol of the Olympic ideal, adding that this work will symbolise the revival of the Olympic Games in the country where they were born.
“Kyklos” is a work of Euripides “Rip” Kastaris, who was honored as the 2003 Artist of the Year by the prestigious Elios Society. Kastaris is the first Greek-American selected by the United States Olympic Committee to create original fine art commemorating US athletes, which includes his popular 2002 “Fire and Ice” series and his “Athena–Return to Glory” for the 2004 Games. Among his other Olympic creations is “Spirit of Athena” designed for the Athens Environmental Foundation and the global Olympic environmental movement.
Kastaris and members of the Hellenic Cultural Foundation that commissioned this one-of-a-kind memorial had to travel thousands of miles, overcome numerous obstacles, and foster international cooperation, including working with Greek and US officials, to win this coveted spot and permanently install the epic mural at the Spyros Louis Olympic Stadium. In its own way, the Kyklos project mirrors the odyssey that Greece undertook for Athens 2004—the smallest country in modern history, albeit its coveted birthplace, to hold the largest Games to date.