George Zongolopoulos: The Vision of Public SculptureAthens, Greece
A free self-guided audio tour for the first exhibition of George Zongolopoulos’ public sculptures at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. In collaboration with the George Zongolopoulos Foundation, the SNFCC is organizing the first exhibition exclusively dedicated to his public sculptures, installed in Greece and other countries.
1. Spirals, 1976100 spirals narrating the sounds of natural elements.
2. Poseidon, 1957Learn more about Poseidon's sculpture at the 8th stop of the tour in the Agora area.
3. Olympic Circles, 2001Zongolopoulos’ six circles and the Olympic Games’ five circles.
Spirals, 1976Here, at the SNFCC’s Rear Agora, you are standing in front of the sculpture Spirals, created in 1976 and showcased at the sculptor’s solo exhibition at Campo Pisani, Venice, the same year. It now belongs to the Portalakis Collection. Made of stainless steel, with a 3.25m diameter, the kinetic sculpture consists of 100 spiraling metal sheets. Their motion is affected by the wind, thus different weather conditions make it emanate different sounds. Zongolopoulos used to say that the spirals could be interpreted as tree foliage. Maybe this was his way to render a tree in abstraction. Moving on from here, and while strolling around the rest of the sculptures, make sure you notice that motion and sound are integral elements of most of the artist’s work. They offer the rhythm needed so that the sculpture can converse with the observer as well as with its surroundings.
The ‘’Poseidon’’ in Washington DC
Poseidon, 1957In 2014, Poseidon was finally installed in Washington DC, being the first public space sculpture by a Greek artist in the US capital. It is located in front of George Washington University’s School of Public Health building.
The Symbol of the Games
Olympic Circles, 2001Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee in 1894, and his contribution to the revival of the first Olympic Games in Athens, in 1896, was crucial. The Olympic Circles, or Rings, became the symbol of the modern Olympic Games in 1914, on the occasion of the IOC’s 20th anniversary. The Games’ new symbol was to be presented at the Berlin Games in 1916, but due to the outbreak of World War I the Games were suspended. The symbol was eventually introduced at the Antwerp Games in 1920.
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Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.
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