Spinalonga Island Becomes Its Own Artwork

Renowned Greek artist Costas Tsoklis is trying to turn the island of Spinalonga, close to Crete, into a modern work of art. Spinalonga was chosen for his artistic creation, and the island  used to be Greece’s leper colony.

The international famous artist says he wants to provide people “with redemption and joy of life and not misery by means of the Art.”

During the past few days, Tsoklis prepared his artistic exhibition, titled “You, the Last Leper,” which is expected to attract thousands of Greeks and foreign visitors.

The inauguration ceremony will take place on June 2 at 6pm. Prefecture of Crete, Municipality of Saint Nicolaos, Museum of Kostas Tsoklis and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, as well as the hoteliers of the area, have all cooperated and contributed to this exhibition.

The first part of the artistic construction as well as “live” paintings are already visible, both inside and outside of Spinalonga. There is a big white cross at the entrance of the island, while many mirrors and paintings hang inside desolated houses and the surrounding area. Every part of this exhibition reflects blood, tears, but also hope for life!

Prefect of Crete Stavros Arnaoutakis visited Spinalonga yesterday, along with many other officials of the island, to tour around the exhibition done by the famous Greek artist.


  • katie

    I visited Spinalonga for the third time  recently and saw the artwork and the island lit up from Elounda. The island is so interesting.

  • Graham

    Visited the Island today (16/07/2012) and felt that the character and the history of the island have been de-valued by this exhibition. I feel it detracts from the real history and atmosphere and is actaully insulting those that suffered here.

  • Danjigoddard

    Well done on ruining an area of significant historical value