objects of marble are visible everywhere in Tinos. Under your feet,
when you are walking
the streets, on the walls of houses when you look up, in public
spaces – everywhere.
All marble carvings are made with great love and fantasy. The unique
marble of Tinos is white and green and was used in Buckingham Palace
and The Louvre.
The longing of the Tinians, guided only by intuition and loving care,
accomplished artistic masterpieces, using local materials. Even today,
that from the island has been removed an important part of the marble
ornamentation, the island remains an outdoor-museum of folk marble-carving.
The main examples of folk art are the churches, the cemeteries (particularly
the tombstones of Pyrgos and Platies), the coast-of-arms, the fountains,
the village laundry - areas, the fanlights and lintels, usually semicircular
or square, which decorate houses and churches. It should be mentioned
that in 1845, on the island of Tinos, marble carving and architecture
were important pre-industrial establishments that occupied more than
one thousand workers and craftsmen. The fanlights are encountered over
the entire island. They are the genuine creations of the folk stonebuilders
of Tinos. Many of these fanlights have retained their "organic"
position in the village and city houses still today. Such building ornaments,
with decorative motifs of the most delicate art (birds, boats or “caiques”,
flowers, fish, trees etc) are important examples of the artistic singularity
of Tinos and are of great aesthetic value.
Tinos is the native place of some of the greatest Greek sculptors
such as Yannoulis Halepas, D. Philippotis, G.Vitalis, and L.Sohos.
The artistic tradition of the island is kept alive and passed from generation
to generation. Since 1955, the Art school of Pyrgos has produced a number
of well-known artists, especially in marble sculpture. Major buildings
such as the University of Athens, and the Archaeological Museum are among
the several creations by Tinian artists.