Acropolis lighting project wins LIT award for 2021

The Acropolis of Athens. Photo source: @Ministry of Culture

Eleftheria Deko & Associates won the LIT Lighting Designer of the Year Award 2021 in Heritage lighting for the Athens Acropolis lighting design project.

The historic monument’s new lighting was unveiled last September as part of a series of restoration projects to improve the archaeological site.

The team behind Acropolis’ lighting design is led by an Emmy Award-winning artist Eleftheria Deko who received the award at a special ceremony at the Acropolis Museum earlier this week.

Eleftheria Deko. Photo source: @LIT Lighting Design Awards / Photography: @gavriiLux & Ioanna Paka

On the LIT Awards website, Eleftheria Deko & Associates describes the project as an effort to “highlight the beauty of the architecture, the timelessness of the carvings, the whiteness of the Pendelikon marble in contrast to the ruggedness of the sacred rock, and the ‘heroism of the fortification walls’.

The company adds, “We achieved differentiation by using different focus angles, color temperatures and light intensity. Our lighting vision was to make the site look exceptional at night in multiple directions, near and far, and to breathe new life into the monuments of the Acropolis.”

Culture Minister Lina Mendoni, Onassis Foundation President Anthony Papadimitriou, lighting designer Eleftheria Deko. Photo source: @LIT Lighting Design Awards / Photography: @gavriiLux & Ioanna Paka

The project was made possible thanks to the support of the Onassis Foundation under the supervision of the services of the Greek Ministry of Culture.

“This work has been recognized by art and lighting experts around the world. The light from the Acropolis now “travels” around the world, highlighting the most important monument of Western civilization and promoting the cultural heritage of Greece,” said the Minister of Culture. Lina Mendoni said.

The Acropolis, Athens Photo: @Ministry of Culture / © Studio On_Stelios Tzetzias

Based in Switzerland, the LIT Lighting Design Awards were created to recognize the efforts of talented international lighting product designers and lighting directors. It also aims to celebrate creativity and innovation in the areas of lighting products and applications.

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