Lia Lapithi Shukuroglou - Blue Legs with flag
(Fibre glass, bronze and stainless steel, 200 x 60 x 30 cm)
"The Emperor Qin Terracotta Army of 8,000 soldiers were only men. Yet, women were prominent in ancient warfare, in every corner of the world and throughout history. Known examples include Ahhotep, Lady Fu Hao, Hatshepsut, judge of Israel Deborah, Vishpala, Queen Wendolen, Messene, Shammuramat (Semiramis), Queen Cordelia, Lady Xu Mu , Lampsacus, Pheretima , Queen Tomyris, Telesilla, Cloelia, Lady of Yue , Artemisia I of Caria, Hydna queen Tomyris, Zarinaea, Onomaris , Mania , Timoclea, Candace of Meroe, Cleophis , Eurydice III of Macedon , Cratesipolis , Empress Jingu of Japan, Huang Guigu , princess Arachidamia , Stratonice of Macedon , Phila , Aetolia, Chilonis, Arsinoe III of Egypt , Busa of Canosa di Puglia , Amage, Chiomara, Rhodogune of Parthia , Cleopatra II , Hypsicratea , Cartimandua, Mother Lu, Agrippina the elder , The Trung Sisters , Boudica, Suetonius, veleda, Li Xiu , Queen Mavia , Albia Dominica , and this inexhaustible list is up to the 6th Century A.D.
Cyprus participation is a female "soldier", and like Cyprus she is split in half, her blue legs carrying external fixators operated by an orthopaedic surgeon. She stands tall, with a bleached out national flag, time will heal the continuing wars and conflicts that surrounds her region. A sculpture to reflect the lack of today's women's role in war-fare and peace building throughout the globe."