Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Restoration of the Erechtheion's Caryatids

On January 28, the Acropolis Museum began a restoration program for the caryatid sculptures on the exterior of the Erechtheion. Caryatids are female figure sculptures that act as column supports for a structure. The caryatids of the Erechtheion underwent restoration work without being removed from their display area, while a cutting-edge laser technology was used for their "reviving".

For the first time, visitors were able to view the restoration process in action. Conservator Kostas Vassiliadis explained the cleaning process to the numerous museum visitors, who jumped at the chance to witness a procedure that until recently had been taking place only in laboratories inaccessible to the public.

Source: Greek News Agenda

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