To describe the new design of Omonia Square
as a tribute to minimalism is like calling a pile of horse
manure a tribute to horses. Maybe the architects feel that
the people of Athens are not sophisticated or visionary enough to
understand their design which can best be described as a concrete
surface, a concrete wall, a weird metal sculpture and some boards.
I have walked in the square, I have photographed it and
I have visited it at different hours and seasons and I still don't get it.
One thing all Athenians agree on. Either the
design was flawed or its execution was flawed or the whole thing
is a joke, or it's a test to see how much Athenians can take.
This is supposed to be one of the showplaces of modern Athens and
it looks like it was transported here intact from Albania in
the fifties. Maybe because of the large number of Albanian refugees
that hang around between Omonia and the train station the architects
wanted to create an environment they would feel at home in. But
let's give the Albanians some credit for having better taste, and
realize they did not come to Athens to be reminded of the Hoxha