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As I was walking across the Paphos promenade on a wintry Sunday afternoon, I noticed from far an unfamiliar skinny figure resting at the edge of the long-narrow stone wharf.
I approached and realized that the silhouette was that of a young boy standing still, holding behind his back a large fish which was anyway protruded and visible from distance. Curious passersby and tourists were queuing to admire the boy and to take some photos, and so did I.
It was the first time that I came across the bronze sculpture of Yiota Ioannidou, and the spectacle simply amazed me. The Doric physique of the boy standing with humility was in contrast with the breathtaking scenery of the red-colored sunset and the waves hitting the wharf behind the kid.
Nowadays, due to COVID-19, the promenade looks lifeless; tourists were forced to return to their countries and locals are isolated at home. Nevertheless, the boy is still holding his motionless position, having as his only companion the big fish. The single thing that now breaks the silence is the Paphian wild wave crashing at the shore.
But the boy is not planning to go anywhere. He is patiently waiting for things to come back to normal, the passersby to brim again the promenade and admire his artistic figure.
Until then we continue to #stayhome