Head lighting designer, she tells us the story from the beginning: "This project was so much different from every other project. The whole process was a multidimensional journey for us. From the first visits onsite, we felt that we had to leave aside our existing knowledge and experience as lighting designers and first focus on ‘listening’ to the monument. It was as if we were listening to our ancestors, re-reading our history, baptized in our Ancient Greek culture. It was the greatest honour and responsibility!
I spent many hours observing the monuments during the different phases of the day. In the morning, at noon, when the light is harsher, at dusk while the sun sets, under the moon and in complete darkness. Just try to imagine the reflections of stone and marble sculptures in the above versions of natural light... That observation was the guide and the teacher. Of course, I had to see the Acropolis as part of the city and its coexistence in today's urban landscape. We were frequently walking away from the site for a while, to see Acropolis from far away from different neighborhoods. Acropolis and the Parthenon, are visible from many points of the city, some closer and some further away. As long as you stay on the hill, you are overwhelmed by the feeling of admiration and awe for the Acropolis itself! As you move away, you realize its gradations: the rock, the walls, and the monuments. From those observations, I realized that the three elements, needed to be differentiated. Each bears the symbolism of its time and that inspired us to create those lighting layers through color temperature and intensity differentiations.
Moreover, for the monuments we wanted to accentuate the 3Dimensionality of the sculptures and columns to highlight all the details of them and create depth of field to make the different volumes distinct from far away. The different shades of white on the various materials were the beginning of our research. We did many tests to achieve the most appropriate shade of white for the Parthenon, the temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaea, the Erechtheion, and the other 13 monuments to…reflect their true own light!”.