A tale of creation and destruction
Stavros Kyriakides, a self-taught environmental artist, creates delicately balanced rock and
driftwood sculptures along Wellington’s south coast, complementing the area’s rugged natural beauty in subtle ways.
Though his work has many admirers, Stavros struggles to understand that it is not appreciated by all: an elusive minority of detractors purposely knocks over his sculptures time and again. Battling with a growing sense of frustration Stavros nonetheless persists with his Sisyphean task, and a never-ending game of creation and destruction ensues.
His story, in all its absurd nuances, reflects the plight encountered by all artists creating work in a public space: How much respect does a carefully created piece of work deserve, even if it is non-commissioned? How can an artist deal with hurtful feedback and destruction of their work? Who gets to decide what is and isn’t allowed in a public space? Who defines what is art?
The short film Rock-Paper-Scissors premiered at the 2018 Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival. An interview with the film makers about the film can be read here.