The ancient quarries on Pentelicus's Athens-facing south side has long been closed, and was only reopened to aid with the Acropolis' reconstruction. On the north, however, Pentelicus is very much an active site of marble procurement. At Dionysos, a town named for the ancient deity of wine and pleasure, rocks are mined for the architecture of the present day. The marble thus stands as a bridge across history. The same rock used in projects such as Renzo Piano's Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (2016) was used to create idols by neolithic peoples of the 6th millenium 6BC.
For Disegno #13, Niki and Zoe Moskofoglou of On Entropy – an Athens and London based marble atelier that seeks to investigate the ongoing significance of Pentelic marble – penned a photoessay on the cultural implications of the Dionysos quarry. Disegno is delighted to publish a gallery of the photographer Nikolas Ventourakis's accompanying images below.