The Sculpture Park at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi
You certainly know that Delphi is hosting the temple of Apollo and his Oracle. But did you know that Delphi is also the host of a modern art sculpture park?
Initial thoughts on the establishment of the Sculpture Park and an International Art Gallery at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi began in the mid-80s during the International Meeting “Fine Arts at the end of the 20th century“. In 1994, the Fine Arts Programme was redefined aiming at creating the Park of Sculpture at Delphi and to enrich the permanent collection of modern art.
The International Park of Sculpture and International Gallery of Delphi, under the original proposal, «would be an open-air museum of international contemporary sculpture that will be regularly updated […]. At the same time it would be a multifaceted example to restore the lost balance and harmony in the triad: City, Art and Nature».
The first acquisition was the emblematic sculpture «Shield» by George Zongolopoulos, in 1987. In 1994, during the International Sculpture Meeting, the Sculpture Park was inaugurated at the grounds of the Conference Centre, when 11 leading European artists created in situ as many artworks. Since then the collection is constantly enriched through the Fine Arts Programme, donations and purchases.
Through this series of posts theDelphiGuide.com will present some of the sculptures and their creators artists. First on our list the already mentioned “Shield” by George Zongolopoulos.