The new lighting of the Acropolis was unveiled on Wednesday in the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni and the president of the Onassis Foundation, Antonis Papadimitriou.
The new lighting of the Acropolis was live-streamed on the website of the Culture Ministry – digitalculture.gov.gr – on the YouTube channel of the Onassis Foundation and was also broadcast live by public broadcaster ERT1.
According to a Culture Ministry announcement, this is the first of a series of projects that aim at an overall upgrade of the Acropolis’ infrastructure and services that are both funded and implemented by the Onassis Foundation.
Lighting on Acropolis highlights beauty of the site
“My main concern since taking office at the Ministry was to upgrade the infrastructure and services provided at the Acropolis of Athens. The image of the Acropolis, our foremost monument, reflects and transmits the image of the country. The Onassis Foundation has kindly offered to undertake the significant sponsorship of a series of projects,” Mendoni stated.
Internationally renowned, EMMY award-winning lighting designer Eleftheria Deko was selected for the daunting project, following an invitation of interest addressed by the Onassis Foundation.
According to the announcement of the Ministry of Culture, the new study uses lighting gradients in intensity and shades of white, between the outer and inner parts of the monuments, in order to highlight their architectural elements and enhance perception of their reliefs, depth and plasticity.
Additionally, as part of the technical upgrade, any light pollution created by the lighting has now also been reduced.