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August 16, 2012

If Lord Elgin had visited another country rather than Greece, what would they look like now

Posted at 1:01 pm in Elgin Marbles

A new photo campaign aims to draw attention to the plight of the Parthenon Marbles, to illustrate how other famous landmarks around the world might have looked if Lord Elgin had seized artefacts from those locations rather than Athens.

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Greek Reporter

“If Elgin was in …” Rome, London, New York, Paris, etc. …
By Stella Tsolakidou on August 7, 2012

ATHENS – After launching the international “I AM GREEK AND I WANNA GO HOME” independent movement for the repatriation of the stolen Greek sculptures and art, photographer and musician Ares Kalogeropoulos strikes again as an art editor of Alexis Mantheakis’ inspired concept “If Elgin was in …”

The series of pictures shows what would have happened if Lord Elgin had not only been to Athens but to plunder other cities of the world as well. The pictures aim at raising awareness among the public and the authorities about the catastrophe Lord Elgin wraught upon the Parthenon. The British diplomat removed 65 percent of the Parthenon marble sculptures in 1811, which are housed at London’s British Museum.

The Greek artists are attempting to compare the Greek monument’s looting to what could have been inflicted on other major sites and statues around the world, if their most treasured possessions had been stolen. The last picture depicts the Parthenon in its current state and the caption reads “…but Elgin went to Athens”.