Urban Beacons, 2020, site-specific installation, Arnados Village, reflective stainless steel, led lights, 260X200X35cm.
The site specific installation Urban Beacons, 2010, is connected with the concept of fire, by discussing the actual and metaphorical relationship between the beacon (Lighthouse) and estia: greek word bearing the double meaning of the fireplace and family-house.
The installation, consisting of a combination of reflective curved surfaces and light elements, refers to the Fresnel lenses, used for light gathering and magnifying at the old Lighthouses like Livada’s Lighthouse.
By illuminating the sunless passage, the installation invites the passersby in a weather protected space, creating a peculiar juxtaposition to the Lighthouse’s function, the promising light of which, denotes inaccessibility and danger.
Urban Beacons, is ment to metaphorically connect through the most immaterial of means: light, the public space of the breezeway to the private space of the family house built above it, two constructions that their function differ and yet they are inseparable, since the floor of the one, consists the ceiling of the other.
The reflective surfaces of the installation provide the viewers with reflected images of themselves, of the surroundings and of other people that share the same space and time. The different points of view offered by the installation are connected in the temporal sequence and the rhythm of the movements of the passersby. This continuous change in the viewers perception is related to the notion of time, reminding the words of Kornilios Kastoriadis: ‘Everything is subject to continuous change and recreation. (…) But it is clear that there is one [notion of] real time, time of change’.