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The Magical Path to the Acropolis

Published Date: December 15, 2016

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The Magical Path to the Acropolis studies the work of the eccentric perfectionist-architect/proto-ecologist Dimtris Pikionis who, one year short of seventy, was suddenly tasked with a work of major historical and psychological weight: to landscape and create new paths to the ancient monument of the Acropolis. It also describes Athens in the 1950s and the intellectual milieu in which Pikionis grew up.

To create paths on the hills around the Acropolis, he re-organized the landscape, discovered the old routes and created new ones, provided rest stops and viewing platforms, and linked the monuments in a circular formation that spirals around them. His approach was that of a writer constantly revising his drafts. He would draw versions of the paths on rice paper, erase and re-draw, and then when he got to the earth itself he would abandon his sketches and improvise. He would kneel down to place a stone or large slab on the path, stand back, look at the way the light formed shadows around the new arrangement, take a small mallet or chisel, shape the stone slightly differently, then stand back and look at the outcome once again. He uprooted all the Cypress trees, planted hundreds of olive trees and brought in herbs and bushes from the Attic countryside that were consistent with the nature world of the ancient times. When he worked, the material - the earth, the stone, the land itself -- seemed to be an extension of his inner self.

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978 960 204 3561

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Hardback with elastic band, available at the Museum of the Acropolis

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