From the Global Post, by Iva Roze Skoch
After complaints, statue of naked Prometheus gets undies
It isn’t clear who exactly complained about the nudity of the Greek God Prometheus, whose bronze statue now graces the area opposite the Parliament building in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, but that’s part of the mystery behind this story.
According to this article in the Balkan Insight, the complainers were “unidentified women’s organizations.”
What is clear is that good old nude Prometheus — who in Greek mythology is a symbol of self-sacrifice because he stole fire from the gods — suddenly appeared a few days ago decked out in brand new tidy whities.
Made out of bronze, naturally.
The speedy official response and “cover up” have sparked debate in Macedonia, prompting some to speculate whether other statues, like the giant sculpture of a woman breast-feeding a child, which is yet to be erected just a few hundred meters from the Prometheus sculpture, will also get a cover up.
Vladimir Velickovski, Skopje-based art professor, told the Balkan Insight: “Our environment is small and frustrated and this (speedy cover-up) reflects hypocrisy and self-censorship….In private everything is allowed while in public everything is disputed.”
Then again, this isn’t the first time Macedonia has been accused of hypocrisy when it comes to their treatment of Greek heroes. Continue readingPin It