The Athens Acropolis is getting a new illumination system that will upgrade its uniqueness to a new spectacular event. The new lighting was unveiled on Wednesday in the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Aikaterini Sakellaropoulou, Prime Minister, Culture Minister and the president of the Onassis Foundation.
Internationally renowned lighting designer Eleftheria Deko was asked by the Onassis Foundation to design the new lighting system for the monument. Deko, who was awarded an Emmy for the lighting of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens Olympic Games, created a system that uses a variety of colours and intensities to highlight the three-dimensional nature of the monuments.
The new Acropolis lighting system varies the intensity and color of the lights of the rocky hill, the walls and the focal point of the Parthenon in a way to highlight the differences in both the geological layers, and the historical eras of the structures.
Nearly 20 years have passed since the agreement was signed with architectural lighting designer Pierre Bideau for the lighting of the Athenian monuments in view of the Athens Olympic Games. In August 2004, following Bideau’s design, the Acropolis was illuminated by 364 different light sources. The 2020 replacement of the electrical panels, the existing lamps (HID type) with 609 (40% less than before) new technology projectors and high color efficiency, LED type, was completed, aiming at the smooth operation of the installations for more than 20 years. The new luminaries have minimal maintenance costs. They save more than 65% in energy consumption, while they are autonomously adjustable at all levels, offering considerable flexibility in creating different lighting scenarios.
This is the first of a series of projects to upgrade the Acropolis’ infrastructure that are both funded and implemented by the Onassis Foundation.
“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, ” said Greek Culture Minister.