Pinar del Río, Cuba, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Inspired in the splendor of ancient Egyptian civilization, the Phidias project recreates masks of well-known pharaohs, papiroes and emblematic hieroglyphs, art that in Cuba recalls Tutankhammon, Cleopatra VII y Ramsés II.
We had the dream of paying tribute to the legacy of the land of the pyramids, monumental temples, obelisques and recall some of their legendary kings during several periods, declared artisan Pedro Loaces, coordinator of the creative group to Prensa Latina.
The most popular image of Tutankhammon "his funeral mask" identifies the Pharaoh, recently opened cabaret in this city. There it is possible to appreciate reproductions of typical writing of that culture, made on stone and vases used in ancient Egypt.
At the beginning, the idea surprised some people, but it refers to the universal heritage we all should take in, as residents in Pinar del Rio are more than field and tobacco, insisted the artist in his dialogue with Prensa Latina, as he explained the origin of the unique proposal.
The discovery of the Tutankhammon tomb almost intact, he added, was an astounding find and we decided to recreate the pharaoh's casket where the young king was buried (18th Dynasty), work which can already be appreciated inside the cabaret.
Paintings of Cleopatra VII are also included in the place's decoration, pieces preceded by rigorous research into this culture, he assured.
Located 90 miles west of Havana, this night club offers good music, but also we try to familiarize people with the magic of that remote civilization of North Africa.
The Phidias Project has worked for over a decade, named after the famous Greek sculptor, has more than 100 members, among them masons, forgers, ceramists and sculptors.
The Milanes Theater, main hall of the western Cuban province and one of the first to be built in Latin America, was one of the structures that benefited most from its restoration actions and sells sculptures and other creations in Brazil, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, the United States and Canada.