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Greek Artist Eirini Linardaki’s New Mural Installation at Chatsworth Elementary School

LARCHMONT, NY – Greek artist Eirini Linardaki’s new mural installation is now on view at the Chatsworth Elementary School, Mamaroneck Union Free School District in Larchmont. She said of the installation: “I am so proud to share with you my latest permanent mural installation at Chatsworth Elementary School in collaboration with the Class of 2020!”

She continued: “I am so happy that I was selected to create a project for this beautiful school, to be again in Larchmont and to work with some amazing people who made this experience unforgettable. The students of Class 2020 painted elements and artworks for the mural. The installation is made with enamel paint on 16 aluminum panels, the total size is 21×13 feet.”

Linardaki said: “I would like to thank The Chatsworth Elementary School, Mamaroneck Union Free School District and the students, Andrea Hector, who, with her amazing energy saw this project through, Principal Katie Andersen and her team, Stephen Brugge and his super team who made sure everything worked out, Vincent Parisot and Carol McKeon who assisted me in the production, The National Herald and Matina Demeli who covered the project, and Zafeiris Haitidis for the photos.”

Linardaki who lives in Crete and New York has created several public works of art since 2014 in New York City, including school projects, murals in Brooklyn and Queens, and a variety of works for Manhattan facilities, sidewalks, and buildings in Newark, NJ.

She told TNH: "I wanted to create a work that represents the lives of children. The idea was to make a collage where the figures were shuffled- figures of school age children. In fact, my own children painted things that they wanted to include in the project, such as flowers and other elements. This is a composition reminiscent of Rorschach tests. The figures all together create a pattern. There is already the pattern from the fabrics and the children with all their activities, all together they make an abstract shape. While if you look closely you see that they are children, but all together they make a shape where everyone sees something different that is interesting about how we see our world, how we see what the other is doing, what are the activities of children and how the origins and nationalities are not seen in the composition but only the energy of the children at this age and the idea was how the children will be able to make it their own.”

Linardaki said: “This was the idea, how childhood in reality wherever they come from, from different worlds, they coexist. ‘I come from my childhood / Homeland my childhood years.’ You actually come from this and it does not matter if you are Irish or Greek or Italian but that in fact all these nationalities, cultures, and traditions come together in one place.”

“I like to use elements from all these cultures to make these collages,” Linardaki noted.

Another of her murals, titled Diversity Day, made in collaboration with her husband Vincent Parisot, is on permanent display at Hammocks Middle School also in Larchmont.

More information is available online: https://www.linardaki-parisot.com/.

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