The garden of Zappeion, the Athens emblematic conference and exhibition center, is changing its night face. 17 of its precious statues are getting new lighting at night.
The internationally renowned lighting designer Eleftheria Deko and her team gave new evening breath to 17 of the 23 statues located in the demarcated garden of Zappeion. The statues are now well lit in a way that adds to their splendor.
The statues mostly represent historical figures of Greece, such as Evangelis Zappas, the national benefactor that Zappeion is named after. Zappas was among the pioneers of the Olympism movement and the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896.
Other statues include Eros, Greek War of Independence hero Georgios Karaiskakis, British philhellene Lord Byron, or national benefactor Gorgios Averof.
Deko, who spoke to the Athens-Macedonian NewsAgency said that “There are 23 statues under the jurisdiction of Zappeion, however, the lighting study included 17 in this first phase. Seventeen are located within the demarcated open space of the garden. Two were excluded as they are located in a public area of the city and are illuminated by the municipal lighting. Also, there are four inside the Zappeion building.”
Zappeion was completed in 1888 and it is the work of Danish architect Theofil Hansen. It was the first building to be erected specifically for the revival of the Olympic Games in the modern world.