The new lighting of the Acropolis in Athens won three important accolades at the 2020 Darc Awards.
During the ceremony which took place online on April 30, Greece was awarded:
- 1st: Structures – High Budget category
- 1st- Event category
- Grand Prize: ‘Best of the Best’ for 2020
The Darc Awards are considered the "Oscars" of lighting worldwide.
On the 30th of September 2020, the new lighting of the Acropolis and its monuments, funded and supported by the Onassis Foundation, was unveiled to the world.
A committee of reputable lighting designers and architects every year decide which projects will be nominated for the Darc Awards. In 2020, 400 entries were submitted from 40 countries.
14,000 people voted and the lighting of the Acropolis won three prestigious awards.
"The work of lighting the Acropolis, which highlights with new, brilliant 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," said Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni.
"This work is now gaining international recognition by art and lighting experts worldwide. The light of the Acropolis travels around the world. Highlights the most important monument of Western Civilisation. It promotes our cultural heritage. Promotes Greece. Warm congratulations to Eleftheria Deko and her associates for their significant success that honours our country," she added.
The Acropolis of Athens is one of the most important monuments of world culture.
A living symbol that has stood the test of time, and one of the most recognisable landmarks in the world.
On her part, Eleftheria Deko said of the win: “Oh wow! Thank you so much, I have to thank the voters and dedicate this award to my country and the Ancient Greeks. I need to thank my team, they are such great people and of course thank you to the Greek Ministry of Culture that trusted us and made it all possible. This is very moving, thank you!”