Parthenon’s new lighting system was first announced by Greece’s Ministry of Culture and Sports on 21 October, 2019.
Created by renowned lighting designer Eleftheria Deko, it was finally tested on 1 September with the full moon and it seems that the new system illuminating the Acropolis will be officially inaugurated soon.
The new lighting ensures the monument is showcased to its best advantage with variations in the intensity and colour of the lights. The rocky hill and walls are showcased in ways that highlights the differences in the geological layers and historical eras of the structures.
The goal was to finalize the lights as well as the installation of a modern slope lift system replacing the existing elevator by the end of summer 2020.
The project valued at 1.5 million euros may see the Acropolis bathed in new light by the end of September.
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The first time Greek monuments were lit was 20 years ago with an agreement between Greece and architectural lighting designer Pierre Bideau for the lighting of the Athenian monuments in view of the Athens Olympic Games. The budget then was at 1.2 million euros and saw the acropolis illuminated by 364 different light sources. His aim was not to dazzle, but to humbly highlight the greatness of the monuments.
Deko, currently in charge of the project, she was awarded an Emmy for the lighting direction and design of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens Olympic Games. She took over the illumination when the ministry decided that action needed to be taken to address technological and aesthetic issues by replacing old lighting units with new state-of-the-art lighting systems.
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