I am Polyphemus

 

“Hi there, I am Polyphemus, the last remaining Cyclops from Greek Mythology.

Before the end of 2012, I was living my boring life between my sheep in my cave near Makris- East Macedonia (Greece), until I got that strange request from Hervé Missiaen who wanted my help in order to put his region ‘Flanders’ on the world map again. 

Because of this rude dream and the support he gets from 100 important personalities, I finally accepted to help.

The long journey, somewhere in September 2012, was not easy. They put me on my back of a lorry bed. I remember the problems at the border with Bulgaria. I was too wide to pass the border control. It took several hours to create a new customs code as well. I was seemingly the first cyclops to be imported ! The trip on my back took several days. I was very curious about where I should end up with. I felt exhausted.

Late at night, I got positionned on a noisy place in a bustling Belgian town that tends to be called Waregem.  I now stand there aside Europe’s major motorway E17 between Ghent and Kortrijk. Daily, I feel at least 400.000 eyes looking at me.

In the beginning, I remember, I was wearing a short to cover my nether regions, but only 4 days later, during the night, my pants got stolen ! !

 

Since that moment, I regularly stand naked. And sometimes I get another outfit. The local youth adores me and my presence. Some are calling me now the dickman or the bare giant.

My day can’t go wrong if I can daily change at least one sour face into one gorgeous smile”.