Τhe EcoFans’ walk along Pikionis’s paths
The EcoFans inspect the paths designed by Dimitris Pikionis in the vicinity of Filopappos Hill.
Young people of all ages joined the EcoFans as they walked along the paths designed by Dimitris Pikionis in the vicinity of Filopappos Hill, inspecting and recording the state of the architect’s work.
In the 1950s Dimitris Pikionis transformed the area surrounding the Acropolis into a masterpiece that links that past with the present. Using materials such as fragments of marble and stone from demolished buildings and inspired by both tradition and contemporary architectural trends, Pikioinis created a network of paths around the hills of the Acropolis, the Pnyx and Filopappos. These paths, which look like an ornate mosaic, were meant to transport the walker back into the harmony of the classical times.
Fifty years later the EcoFans, equipped with drawing boards, paper, maps and compasses, carried out on-site research and recorded examples of the distortion of the aesthetic and functional value of the work of the great Greek architect, including:
- Uncontrolled vegetation which blocks the view to Parthenon, contrary to Pikionis’s initial plans
- Passing of heavy vehicles
- Parking on archeological sites
- Unsightly urban paraphernalia like light poles, trash bins etc.
- The pavilion next to Louberdiaris church in a state of disrepair