Tourists Can Vote on Elgin Marbles’ Debate at Athens Int’l Airport



AIA-elgin-marblesThe Greek government has installed four new polling systems at Athens International Airport, asking Greek and foreign passengers to vote on the Parthenon Marbles’ return debate.

This action is part of a high-profile campaign which includes Amal Alamuddin Clooney who is offering her legal support to Greece in order to win back the sculptures that were stolen and shipped to London by Lord Elgin in 1803.

Tourists are asked to assemble a picture of the Parthenon in a few simple moves, restoring the sixth Caryatid in its rightful place. Then they are faced with the question: “Do you support the return of the Parthenon marbles?” to which they can answer “yes” or “no.”

“We believe that the airport, as a crossroad of cultures, is the ideal place to reflect Athens’ tourists view on an issue that concerns our international cultural heritage,” said Ioanna Papadopoulou, head of Communications and Marketing at Athens International Airport.

“This initiative adds an important link to the systemic actions chain that the airport is undertaking for our city, which has already rebounded as a major tourist destination,” she added.

The Parthenon marbles issue has reemerged over the last years, especially after the construction of the new Acropolis museum. Human rights lawyer and George Clooney’s wife, Amal Alamuddin Clooney has offered legal support to Greece, while UNESCO has offered to help in negotiations between the two countries, before the Greek government takes any legal action.