Participatory Ephemeral Monument


3 years since the designation of Eleusis as European Capital of Culture 2021, we rebuild Kronos.

With a participatory work, inspired by the iconic “Kronos” building and the city residents as main contributors, Eleusis celebrates the 3rd anniversary of its proclamation as European Capital of Culture 2021.

In a big celebration that lasts all day, we invite children and adults to Heroes Square on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 11:00 to 19:00 to rebuild “Kronos”, one of the most important industrial heritage sites of Elefsina, under the direction of Olivier Grossetête, a well-known French artist who specializes in collaborative works in the public sphere.

The Participatory Ephemeral Monument is a project exclusively designed for Elefsina reflecting the city’s identity. Its creation lasts 7 days and culminates on the 10th and 11th of November with its public installation and then its participatory uninstallation. Olivier Grossetête and his team have created over 120 Monumental Participatory Cardboard Constructions over the last 20 years, unique artworks, each inspired by the iconic buildings and monuments of each city.

For five days (5-9.11.2019) o Olivier Grossetête and his associates work with schools, associations and groups of residents through workshop-seminars where they pre-make the pieces of Kronos. Τake part by filling in this form.

On Sunday, November 10 we rebuild “Kronos”, with the participation of all preparation teams as well as anyone who wishes to be part of this celebration. The builders-residents share roles. Some put pieces together with tape, some carry them, some build until we install “Kronos” in the centre of the city. On 12.11.2019 the work of uninstalling the installation is undertaken by the city’s children as well as anyone who wishes to participate in an unforgettable team play.

We move an industrial monument, located on the seafront, and turn it into a participatory experience-project in the central square of the city, Heroes Square, creating a collective celebration around it. This option enhances the public character of the anniversary, and the participation, as Olivier Grossetête’s works only gain value through active participation by the people.

Through the playful nature of the project and in conjunction with the organization of the 2nd Culture 2030 Meeting, we create a unique opportunity for extroversion, collaboration and creative co-existence for residents and friends of the city and compose a four-day event rich in participatory activities that transforms Elefsina into the backdrop of a great celebration for everyone.