Breaking Art News: Tasos Nyfadopoulos's public sculpture damaged by a fanatic Greek priest

Feral Horses - 12 Jul 2017

Art magazine - art news - Breaking Art News: Tasos Nyfadopoulos's public sculpture damaged by a fanatic Greek priest

At the very beginning of July, a fanatic greek priest reached the public sculpture Crisis to disfigure it with an hammer.

The artwork is an original sculpture of Tasos Nyfadopoulos, a young greek artist who donated his work to the city of Athens in 2015.


The attack to the statue was recorded in a video made by the attacker himself, which was lately uploaded on Youtube. In the footage, the priest condemns the artwork for being evil, before starting hammering it: he also urges his followers in joining his cause. The priest was not new to these videos: on his channel there are other videos of him vandalising ATM points, wind up people against the system as he says it is evil.

The sculpture Crisis, a monument considered of national heritage, had been conceived to make people reflect about the financial crisis, which had deeply affected the greek population in the last years. It was Tasos’ s gift to the city of Athens and the first sculture to deal with such a topic.

Tasos Nyfadopoulos was very shocked by the attack and denounced it with the authorities. He also released a video on Youtube to better explain the attack and what the next steps will be. The video quickly went viral in Greece and elsewhere too, witnessing a rise in views. The artist will soon start a crowdfunding page to raise money and pay for repairs to the sculpture damages and for the legal expenses he is facing.

Such a gesture has rightly been condemned by the public opinion. Once again, this was an episode where art and artists were victims of close-minded ideologies.


The “Crisis” Sculpture was the first sculpture in public place addressing the socioeconomic crisis.



A still from the video uploaded by the fanatic priest showing himself hammering the sculpture


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