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The farmer from the mountainous village of Krotos in the Prefecture of Iraclion, Panagiotis Lamprakis, creates mosaics in his own way and with his own unique talent. Neither has he studied this art, nor has anyone ever given him a word of advice about the construction of these difficult works, which he finally creates with his own special technique.

The starting point was just a mosaic he saw at the archaeological site in his area. Since then he has never stopped creating mosaics. He just stops when he has to tend the sheep.

It just takes a decision for someone to visit the village of Krotos in the municipality of Gortys but he will be rewarded with the beauty of the landscape and will experience Crete through these amazing transitions: From the tranquility of the Messaras Valley, to the wilderness of the huge mountains and then back again to the calmness of the sea.

Being a son of a big family, Panagiotis lives there in the small village. His work occupation is the sheep, farming and the traditional caf?, called ?RAHATI?, which he keeps in the village. In the summer he helps in the seaside family ?TAVERNA LEFTERIS? in the area of Loutra, just 5 km from the village of Krotos, where his works are also found.

¨Lost¨ in the mountains in winter and at the sea in summer, in a place known only to a few, Greeks and foreigners, who visit it to enjoy the magic of this ? luckily still ? unspoiled nature.

His relationship with the stone started when he and his family were working on the building, which houses their caf? today. In the meantime, he had seen wonderful stone-pictures. ?I was trying to create something different that would stand time? he states characteristically. This, however beautiful, did not satisfy him really. He stopped sculpting and after two years another mosaic gave him new inspirations. ?I went to the archaeological site of Lentas, the Asklipio, and I saw a magnificent mosaic. Then I put myself to the test to try to make the same. That?s how I began with mosaics?, he remembers. He also remembers the calendar of the cultural committee of Agioi Deka with the picture of the Kidnapping of Europe by Zeus and also one saying: ?Make use of your birthplace and your culture?. That?s how Panagiotis started sculpting stones and creating in 1994.

The amazing thing is that Panagiotis, not knowing how mosaics are made, started to create them in an entirely unique way. He cut figures out of a cardbox-like material and stuck them on the wall. Then he used the pieces of stones to make the mosaic.

There followed a time when he had to tend the sheep only. ?The sheep increased and the needs grew. I didn?t have time to get down to mosaics?, he tells us. In the last two years, however, the cost of sheep breeding increased and the number of sheep reduced? So, Panagiotis found the time again to start work on mosaics in a more orthodox way, which he thought of himself: Now he sketches the picture on a surface and then he sticks the stone pieces on it, which is more or less the way art school graduates follow.

It is common sense that Panagiotis does not buy the stone pieces. His area, in fact, is full of stones of different colours. He hammers down the big stones, cuts them up with the help of an iron tool and then with a clincher he forms the piece, which he uses without painting them. He has created amazing pictures of Che Gevara, Nikos Xylouris and other personalities, pictures of horses and from life in the countryside. We asked him why he chose to work on mosaics. ??Well, just for fun and to pass the time??. He simply answers.

Newspaper, AGRENDA 20 JULY 2008

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