ACCOLADES / CULTUREAthens , 08-05-2021
Triple int'l distinction in "Oscars of lighting" for new Acropolis lighting
The new lighting of the Acropolis won three important awards at the Darc Awards 2020 international lighting awards.
The lighting of the Acropolis had two nominations, but won 3 prizes. In detail, in the award ceremony, which took place online on April 30, in the lighting edited by Eleftheria Deko, and realized with a donation from the Onassis Foundation, were awarded:
* 1st Lighting Award in the Infrastructure category
* 1st Prize for the lighting of the lighting performance event
* Grand Prize "Ultimate Darc Award", as "best of the best" lighting design 2020
As the Hellenic Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni stated, "The work of lighting the Acropolis, which highlights with a new, bright light the monuments of the Holy Rock, is the work of scientists, technicians and Eleftheria Deko and her collaborators. It was carried out in close cooperation with the competent services of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the executives of the Archaeological Service and received all the approvals required by the Archaeological Law. It is one of the projects implemented on the Acropolis, in the context of upgrading the services provided to the public, with the kind donation of the Onassis Foundation. This work is now gaining international recognition by art and lighting experts worldwide.
The glow of the Acropolis travels around the world. Highlights the most important monument of Western Civilization. It promotes our cultural heritage. Promotes Greece. Warm congratulations to Eleftheria Deko and her collaborators for their significant success that honors our country."
The Darc Awards are considered the "Oscars" of lighting worldwide. A committee of reputable lighting designers and architects decides each year on which projects will be nominated. Only professional architects and lighting designers from around the world have the right to vote.
For 2020, 400 entries were submitted from 40 countries. 14,000 people voted and the lighting of the Acropolis won the above awards. It is noted that for the first time a Greek lighting design receives the "best of the best" Lighting award. The fact that it concerns the lighting of the Acropolis of Athens acquires special importance.