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"Far Away"
Frank McNab, 2009, acrylics on canvas. 40 x 50cm

Elderpark above Thermopylae. Leonidas can be seen in the distance on one of the peaks of the Gates of Fire waiting for the sun to come up. This painting is all about the ability of our minds to free us from any constraint. Leonidas and the Spartans believed the best thing which could possibly happen to them was to die for their society:

                        "Go tell the Spartans, Passerby,

                        That here, obedient to their laws,We lie."
                                                                            Simonides
So the shipyards and tenements around Elderpark can be replaced by idyllic landscape. If you believe it.