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Παπούτσι ~ Shoe 1928 | by Sibad
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Παπούτσι ~ Shoe 1928

This shoe - there is only one - was carved in local stone by a young man in his twenties, born into a poor family in Ano Korakiana, a village in the centre of Corfu.


In more fortunate circumstances Aristeides Metallinos - Αριστείδης Μεταλληνός - might have gone on to formal art education with early opportunity to refine his obvious crafttsmanship. For most of his life he was a village cobbler, also a stone mason making olive press grindstones; a skilled artisan he also made furniture and became a builder - creating among others the 'museum' in which his works are now stored. By 'works' I refer to the amazing fact that in his late 60s this man became the sculptor this 'shoe' suggested he might already be. Over twelve years, until his death in 1987, he carved, in local stone and marble, about 250 works. These are in a closed museum in his birth village.

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Taken on January 11, 2014