CULTURE

223 days to go before the Olympic curtain rises

The new year, the Olympic year of 2004, is ushering in a flood of bilingual publications, Greek and English, to guide foreign visitors around the Olympic landscape, from the sacred sites in Ancient Olympia to Attica and the sights of Athens, from Olympic sporting events to the images of Olympic events on ancient urns. The same themes are predominant in the new calendars for the year, which depict the Games seen through the eyes of artists and children. Meanwhile, the whole of Athens is a gigantic worksite, an obstacle course, literally, for its residents. That is why we have chosen a painting by Nikoletta Antonopoulou from a bilingual calendar, «The Olympic Games in Athens,» published by ADK, 2004. Antonopoulou studied painting with Yiannis Moralis at the School of Fine Arts and history of art with Marina Lambraki-Plaka. An obstacle course, then, with our minds on the finish line – August 13 to be precise, the day of the opening ceremony. Only 223 days to go, according to the digital clock on Kifissias Avenue.