With the presence of the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, the Acropolis is illuminated with the sponsorship of the Onassis Foundation in a dynamic celebration that will be broadcast today, Wednesday, September 30, at 20:00 in live streaming.
The present will also be given by the Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni and the president of the Onassis Foundation, Antonis S. Papadimitriou.
The new lighting of the Acropolis will be presented live, in live streaming, which will be available from the website digitalculture.gov.gr of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, from the YouTube channel of the Onassis Foundation and live broadcast by ERT1.
As it informs, with its announcement, the Ministry of Culture, this is the first of a series of projects carried out by the Ministry of Culture and Sports with the aim of overall upgrading the infrastructure and services provided by the Acropolis, with donation and implementation by the Onassis Foundation.
For the first time, the lighting distinguishes the monuments of the Holy Rock from the walls, but also between them. Specifically, nine points are re-illuminated : The Rock, the Walls, the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, the Theater of Dionysus, the Stoa of Eumenes and the Dionysian Sanctuary. The study of the lighting includes five more monuments, which are illuminated for the first time: The monument of Thrasyllos, the Sponsors’ Columns, the Asclepieion and the caves of Apollo and Aglavros / Hourglass, as well as the Sanctuary of Aphrodite.
According to the Ministry of Culture and Sports , as broadcast by the Athens News Agency, the study for the lighting of the Acropolis was not limited to the aesthetic part, but includes the significant upgrade of the existing infrastructure with the modernization of the electrical installation and the automation and control system of luminaires.
Highlights the whole of the Sacred Rock, the Walls, the volume and the geometry of each monument, from every possible point of view. The marbles, whiter than ever, reflect every aspect, every geometric shape, every natural material, emphasizing the relief of the decoration of each monument.
As noted in the announcement of the Ministry of Culture, Ms. Mendoni stated: “The main concern since taking office in the Ministry of Culture and Sports was the upgrade of infrastructure and services provided at the Acropolis of Athens.
The image of the Acropolis, our top monument, reflects and emits the image of the country. Good luck wanted our goal to be adopted by the Onassis Foundation, which kindly offered to undertake the significant sponsorship of a series of projects.
The most important are the lighting of the Holy Rock and the monuments of the Acropolis, as well as the construction and installation of the slope elevator, an innovative and extremely complex project, in order to ensure accessibility to the archaeological site with absolute safety, not only for the disabled, but for all those who have difficulties in approaching the Acropolis and its monuments “.
“In the midst of the pandemic, it is very important that Athens be able to offer to its inhabitants and visitors, but also everywhere on the planet, a new, upgraded image of the Holy Rock.
With the new lighting, the Rock, the Walls, the Parthenon and the other monuments are highlighted, as well as their surrounding area. The third dimension is emphasized through the differentiation of intensities and the shade, while the new luminaires are environmentally friendly, offering significant energy savings.
I am happy that the partnership between the public and the private sector can offer our country in a short time standard and innovative projects, which contribute to the upgrading of the international image of Greece “, he added.
For his part, Mr. Papadimitriou pointed out: “For us, at the Onassis Foundation, it was a fulfillment of a duty to respond to the invitation of the State to assist in the redesign of the lighting of the Acropolis of Athens, illuminating the intangible quintessence of history.
The truth of Democracy and the value of human rights had to be symbolically illuminated. Today, more than ever, we need to see again as citizens of the world the Parthenon brighter, more visible and more comforting than ever. In the dark that we are facing, in the pandemic crisis that threatens to trap us, the light seems to be the strongest symbolism “.
Following an invitation of interest from the Onassis Foundation for the study of the project, the internationally renowned, EMMY-winning lighting designer Eleftheria Deko was selected, who stated: “In January 2020, the Onassis Foundation selected us among other approved lighting and commissioned us to illuminate the Acropolis and the monuments. He supported our idea and trusted us completely.
YPPOA and KAS welcomed the proposal of the new lighting that we presented to them after intensive work, sampling and two months of study. After the unanimous approval by the Central Archaeological Council, we entered the implementation phase, together with the pandemic hindering the speed of implementation. However, my co-workers and I did not stop for a single day.
In the mornings the studies were done, in the evening sampling. Design in two-dimensional and three-dimensional models, photometry, calculations and re-sampling to achieve this lighting, which would make the Parthenon and the other monuments on the Sacred Rock shine, as they deserve, in the center of our city. To emit the light of the culture of our country all around and everywhere.
Completing this work, I feel that I have been baptized again. It was my real baptism in the culture of our country “.
According to the announcement of the Ministry of Culture, the new study of lighting grades the intensities and shades of white, between the exterior and interior of the monuments, in order to highlight their architectural elements and to perceive their relief, depth and plasticity. .
As part of the technical upgrade, the phenomenon of light pollution is reduced. The replacement of the electrical panels, the existing lamps (type HID) with 609 (40% less than before) lighting lamps of new technology and high color efficiency, type LED, was completed, aiming at the smooth operation of the facilities for more than 20 years.
The new luminaires have minimal maintenance costs. They save more than 65% in energy consumption, while they are autonomously adjustable at all levels, offering considerable flexibility in creating different lighting scenarios. It is noted that the wiring in the monuments has been improved and consequently the aesthetics of the space.