"THE BEGINNING OF HOPE"
20.02.2020 | 1st PUBLIC SCULPTURE
"Perama for me seems like a place of freedom, a place you go to and come from the sea, a place built at a human scale. I also felt some kind of ancestral memory here - the shipbuilding cranes remind me of the shipbuilding cranes in my hometown of Glasgow and of my grandfather who was a metal worker. The form of Perama, the way it hugs the bay reminds me of the form of an amphitheater.”
An amphitheater from where since 2500 years the people from Greece may look at Salamina, the sea, the world.
The Municipality of Perama and SHARING PERAMA with the kind support of OLP (Pireaus Port Authority S.A.) welcome the first public sculpture by Robert Montgomery, which is placed permanently at Terma Peramatos where the boats leave for and from Salamis.
The work was lit on Thursday, February 20, at 7pm, at the busiest ferry terminals of Europe and it signifies THE BEGINNING OF HOPE.
“THE BEGINNING OF HOPE is blazing before a ferry terminal; what else is the sea but the beginning of hope? But make no mistake, the steadfast land on which the beginning actually occurs is what defines everything, for no journey can go well if the set off point isn't an inspiration. And that's exactly what Robert Montgomery's first piece for SHARING PERAMA is: a vision towards something greater, greener, brighter, more open, more inclusive, more humane. That vision encompasses the sea which surrounds Perama–metaphorically and literally–but sets off, tellingly, from Perama itself, whose struggles and humanity inspired Robert Montgomery's work. So next time you set off towards Salamina, know this: you will set off towards hope–then, later, come back to its beginning.”