By Nikos Kouroussis, 2009 / Installation/mixed media
Larnaka Airport – Arrivals Baggage Claim Hall
"Niko s Kouroussis’work, in Larnaka airport Arrivals – Baggage Claim Hall stands as an expression par excellence of the relation between Cyprus and copper. As he approaches, the visitor sees an army of dozens of copper ships floating and swaying in the air. As he comes closer, he perceives them more like ears dancing an ancient Cypriot dance. When he reaches them, he understands that they pop out of twelve illuminated by blue neon, transparent Plexiglas cubes. Cubes that gestate twelve distinct images of memory, history, and culture. Twelve Pandora’s boxes, each one containing raw materials and objects, memories and reminiscences: Wood and metal, salt and vinegar, cuneiform writing, idols, and archaic capitulums, Aphrodite’s thread”. Twelve stops in the long journey of History. Twelve moments in time, where the blue light lends a sense of immortality. An immortality that connects the earth with heaven, the man with cosmos". Dr. Yiannis Toumazis
Establishing a Cypriot feel full of culture, beauty, and vibrancy
An artist who lives and works in Cyprus.
He was born in Mitsero in 1937. He studied at St. Martins and Hornsey College of Art in London. He was awarded a scholarship from the British Council, he took stage design lessons in London, and was awarded a scholarship from Fulbright Institute to study, research, and lecture at the Pratt University in New York and at the South Dakota State University, USA.
He was a stage and costume design at the Cyprus Theatrical Organization, the National Theatre of Greece, and the Deutsches Theatre of Berlin. He presented his work in many solo and group exhibitions in Cyprus, Greece, the United States, and throughout Europe. He participated and many prestigious international exhibitions including the 1968 India Triennale in New Delhi, in 1969 at Young Artists Biennale in Paris, in 1970 at the Commonwealth Institute in London, in 1971 at Sao Paulo Biennale, in 1972 at the Engraving Biennale in Venice, in 1972 and 1990 at Venice Biennale, and many more. His work is in many public and private collections and his sculptures are in numerous public spaces.