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Ganesh Remover of Obstacles
In 2003, while living in the formerly divided city island of Berlin, I had a vision for an art project in Cyprus. While I was standing at the window bays of a large studio space in Wedding and gazed towards the other side of the courtyard, I saw women veiled in black bowing down to the Friday prayer. I felt this former island Berlin being free and spacious, noticing how the border had just disappeared without a war. without a revolution, without the usual military conflict. It was like in a fairy tale, as if the good fairy had just unveiled the actual reality and desire of its inhabitants. Berlin is again the capital of a democratic united country. In front of my inner eye I suddenly saw hundreds of elephant and Ganesh figures lining the green border of the divided island Cyprus.
Interesting I thought,
that I will be going from this former divided island Berlin to another
island where the separation still exists. A few days earlier I had
been offered a teaching position for Art History at the Eastern
During this very academic year the border opened and one could travel over the entire island.
Since 2004, South Cyprus has become part of the European Community, yet the North is a white spot on the legal mapping system. The border is still present.
The newest developments bring about tremendous hope that the situation is about to change.
art project Ganesh proposes to work with the form and shape of the
elephant. He is a symbol for wisdom and for communal life with other
species worldwide. A powerful animal living in peace with his
surrounding. He is praised for his courage and confidence. He is a
symbol of gentleness and secure in his strength. He enjoys creation
rather than attacks it. He stands for loyalty, wisdom and good luck.
This strong yet gentle symbol invites a different type of character
into the scenery, known yet not revealed, seen yet not perceived and
demonstrates a peaceful attitude.
The figure of Ganesh provides the title, since he is called: the Remover of Obstacles. As an outsider he carries no connotations that might interfere with local or national interests on the island.
As a symbol of peaceful strength, the elephants power is put into practice in the art project designed to stimulate a peaceful coming together. Artists and creative people are producing the elephant figures for the exhibition outdoors. They are standing as a visible, tangible symbol for the worlds interest and desire for a peaceful and secure communal live.
and universities in Cyprus will be asked to contribute their forms of
peaceful strength for the country. People from around the globe are
offered the possibility to join this artistic endeavor. There is an
international calling for elephant figures. Companies are invited to
join and support, government officials are invited to promote this
peaceful endeavor. The wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin by Christo
and Jeanne Claude attracted six million visitors. Art has an inherent
power bring about change and to start transformation.
With Ganesh Remover of Obstacles different parts of Cyprus interact with the rest of the world in an art project. This international focus will put Cyprus unique position and its extraordinary history into the awareness of the world.
Rose Marie Gnausch
and the naturalmente-roma.org Team