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The Parthenon of the Acropolis to be Recreated in Australia

Parthenon 'Temple of Boom'
Acropolis’ Parthenon to be Recreated in Australia. Credit: Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang / NGV

The ancient Greek Parthenon of the Acropolis of Athens will be recreated with intense colors in Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria.

The recreated Parthenon dubbed ‘Temple of Boom’ which is a joint project by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang of Melbourne architecture practice NWMN, is the winning design of the annual NGV Architecture Commission.

The Parthenon of the Acropolis in Athens, will be recreated in its current form and will be on display at NGV International’s Grollo Equiset Garden from November 16. Entry will be free.

The gigantic reimagination will be splashed with colorful large-scale works by local artists as a way to encourage Melburnians to appreciate both the beauty of the ancient ruin, observing it in a whole new light, and the effect of time on all architecture.

NGV event website described the ‘Temple of Boom’ as “a reflection of the slow yet unstoppable processes of change that transform all cultural, geological and ecological systems.”

Architects are anticipated to use the national competition as an opportunity to create a temporary, site-specific structure for the gallery’s Grollo Equiset Garden.

Parthenon most famous classical architecture

Being the most iconic representation of Greece, the Parthenon of the Acropolis of Athens is also a considerable western symbol of art and culture.

Tony Ellwood AM, NGV director said in a statement, “One of the most famous examples of classical architecture, the Parthenon in Athens is often viewed as a potent symbol of Western art and culture.”

Taking its name from the vibrations of music, “this thought-provoking work invites us to consider how we create and imbue architecture with meaning, as well as how this meaning can shift across time periods and cultures.”

The Parthenon, Athens in 1978. CR: Steve Swayne – C.C BY 2.0

The Parthenon of the Acropolis of Athens

The Parthenon is one of the most iconic structures in the history of Western civilization. It stands in splendor on Acropolis Hill in Athens as it has for 2,500 years. Experts believe that the ingenuity of the Parthenon’s construction has allowed it to miraculously survive the ravages of time, nature, and mankind.

The construction of the Parthenon began during the governance of  Pericles and took about five years to complete. It was designed by the architects Ictinus and Callicrates with the aid of the great sculptor Phidias. It was built to honor Athena, the goddess of wisdom, who is believed to have saved the city during the Persian Wars. It was completed in 438, although work on the decoration continued until 432.



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