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Mystery 89, Elefsina by Night

Prize(s) Winners in Outdoor Light Art Installation
Lead Designers Eleftheria Deko
Client 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture
Photo Credits Gavriil Papadiotis / Yiannis Kouskoutis
Other Credits Construction – Installation of lighting: LightsOn , Production: Delta Pi - DIADROMES POLITISMOU
Completion Date 2023
Project Location Elefsina Greece
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Entry Description

Mystery 89 is a multiple light installation that draw inspiration from the myth of Persephone and her relationship with Iris the goddess of the rainbow.
The narrative is about a celebration fir Persephone’s return to the upper world by goddess Iris. Iris places, one each day, six light rings in different places of the city of Eleusis to symbolise our “marriage” with life, the path to eternity, the union with our deepest self, the world and time itself. The six colors of the rainbow illuminate one place each day asking the citizens and visitors of Eleusis to discover them. Red, the colour of living blood and fire, the colour of the pulsating senses appears first, the second day follows the orange flame-colour ring. On the 3rd night another ring lights an abandoned industrial building in yellow praising the sun, the spreading of knowledge and hope. On night 4 the city’s Square is dressed in green with 5 rings to remind us of vegetation as well as the paleness of imminent death, the union of life and death. The fifth ring blue is standing at the seaside, in front of the Old Oil Mill Factory ready for a journey in the stormy seas under the starry dome. The 6th day the last ring appears at the Ship Graveyard, half sunk into the sea. It is violet but as the night progresses it changes colors stabilising in a bright white.
Consists of 10 LED metal rings of 1,5-4m diam.
Sustainability Approach

The concept focuses on the Environment and wellbeing, seeking new ways to regain ownership of the city, and focusing on the need to redefine our relationship with nature and the environment. The thematic axis Environment comprises the three themes/notions of “Demeter-Mother Earth”, “Persephone” and “Ecoculture Festival”, corresponding to significant features of the relationship between human beings and the environment .
For the lighting were used energy-efficient LED lights using less electricity and emit less heat, making them a sustainable choice for outdoor installations. The location of the installations were chosen respecting the environment preventing any ecological disturbance. After the end of the installation period some of the rings will be reused in different uses or installed permanently in other sites.
Company Description

Eleftheria Deko and Associates is an award-winning lighting studio specializing in architectural lighting design, stage lighting, and event lighting. With an extensive experience in numerous and significant lighting projects, implemented in public and private spaces, the multidisciplinary team, provides integrated lighting solutions and design approaches that respond to the specific needs of diverse clients.