On Saturday, Melbourne artist, Konstantin Dimopoulos installed Black Parthenon, a light installation highlighting the issue of the appropriation of cultural and sacred objects, at Melbourne’s Federation Square. The work calls for the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles back to Greece.
Black Parthenon uses various levels of scaffolding clad in black cloth to create an architectural imprint of the Parthenon.
By day the installation is a black funerary altarpiece that reflects a sense of loss.
At night Black Parthenon explodes into vibrant white and blue light, the Parthenon’s iconic simplicity illuminating the surrounding darkness.
Black Parthenon voices these concerns and asks governments holding foreign cultural objects to act with integrity and return them to their places of origin.
As part of the project a panel discussion will be held for the public at BMW Edge, Federation Square on Thursday July 2 at 6.30 pm.
Panelists include: Konstantin Dimopoulos, Mike Green the Head of Indigenous Cultures, Melbourne Museum, David Hill the president of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles, and Lyndon Ormond-Parker from Melbourne University an expert on the use of digital media to connect indigenous communities with heritage collections. The discussion will be chaired by Robyn Archer, Director, Festival of Light.
For more information visit www.kondimopoulos.com of contact Konstantin Dimopoulos 040 013 9691