Thessaloniki’s Emblematic ‘Umbrellas’ Open in Egypt (photos)

A copy of a sculpture that has has become an iconic feature of Thessaloniki’s waterfront is will be gracing a cosmopolitan beach near Egypt’s Alexandria.

‘Umbrellas,’ an iconic installation series by Greek sculptor George Zongolopoulos (1903-2004), was installed a few days ago in Egypt, some 120 kilometers (75 miles) outside Alexandria, in an area where a new city is being built.

The city will include a ‘Greek Village’ inspired by the Aegean holiday island of Santorini.

The project was commissioned by Dubai-based construction firm EMAAR, which became interested in the Greek artist’s work after seeing it featured in an article.

The piece was put together in Athens and transported to Egypt.

Zongolopoulos felt particularly honored with the installation of the Umbrellas in Thessaloniki in 1997, the year that the city was the European Capital of Culture, without being able to imagine – at his 96 years of age – that this sculpture would be an important reference point for the public space of Greece.

Umbrellas in Thessaloniki