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Sculptural Theatre of Exoni

The theatrical stage of Exoni Theatre is a giant sculpture.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )


    1985 The sculpture was created.

    1992 Construction of the theatre. Lasted about a year.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)


  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)


  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)


  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)


  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)


  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)


  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)


  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)


What I can see

This small theatre occupies an area of 0.​​6 acres and has a capacity of 200 people. It consists mainly of stone from Evia island and stands out for its impressive sculpture, which is 40m long, 10m high and 7m deep. It reminds viewers of running water, and the orientation helps to make the light pass through it. Its shades make it similar to a solar watch. The same phenomenon happens with the moonlight at night. It is also intended to be a performance venue, with artificial lighting designed for this purpose. The site is a former quarry that was collapsing. The architect removed the dangerous parts and reclaimed this dynamic sculptural composition while making use of the cave.

What I can't see

The architect (Nelli Golanta) claims that each quarry space must be treated differently. Αccording to her, each site has its own unique potential to be developed, and this approach was used here. Prior to the construction of the theatre, the area was deserted and exploited only for building materials. The theatre construction sought to be an experiential space for socializing and developing new relationships, which would motivate contact with the landscape and act as an open museum. It had been a creative space for the first three years. It was then used for concerts that did not fit in the area (installations, noise) and attracted thousands of people before gradually declining. This has provoked objections by the inhabitants of the area, and today a revival attempt is underway.

 

Info

  • Address: Lerou St.

Bibliography

Golanta Ν., (2017), Οι αρχιτέκτονες τοπίου σας γνωρίζουν διακεκριμένα έργα της Αθήνας, [Landscape architects make you aware of distinguished works of Athens], Proto Thema, audiovisual material,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhquWEoxxhE

Last visit 14/4/2019