Straw falling on concrete floors

2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture, in collaboration with the Aeschylia Festival 2022, presents the in situ visual arts installation “Straw falling on concrete floors” by internationally renowned visual artist Kostis Velonis, at the courtyard behind the open theater of the Old Olive Mill.

The installation draws inspiration from the myth of Demeter, the goddess of agriculture and fertility, and her daughter, Persephone. With a strict geometric delimitation that functions as a mechanism of gestation and harvesting, agricultural activities are linked to the erotic act. However, the erotic narrative in this monumental sculptural installation is not only underlined by the triangular shape of its structure but is also found in the functionality of the construction. The “thighs of Demeter” function as an insect shelter with floors consisting of different recyclable materials and plants, which “seduce” all kinds of insects that assist in the pollination process.

Opening Hours: 28/8-19/9 Monday-Sunday 19:00-23:00 (on days with performances at 19:00- 20:30) & 20/9-23/10 Wednesday-Sunday 17:00-21:00.

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