The value of the ruins and their organic relationship with the built and natural environment are among the central concerns of Blossoming Stones. Their dual existence as monuments of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage incorporates their aforementioned value. Our approach focuses on two perspectives.

The first, which can conventionally be characterized as "classical", regards ruins as members of an organic whole, fully bearing within them the construction from which they originate, due to the fact that they have been skillfully jointed with the other members of the structure and in harmony with the overall construction as a unit and whole. According to this perspective, the ruins are witnesses of human creation on nature. The ruins, as timeless remains, as static fragments, as ideal monuments of human creation, able to transport us to the whole to which they still belong, despite the destruction that has been brought about to this physical and material continuity. The ruins constitute tangible evidence and are witnesses, not only of their historical and artistic value, but also of the intangible values ​​to which they refer. The “classic” ruin, according to its interpretation, is complete and, despite the collapse of the entire building, retains its cultural significance because it reflects the will of the human spirit to triumph over nature.

The second perspective adopted in approaching the ruins is also referred to as "romantic" and refers to their existential value. According to this perspective, the ruins are a testimony of a whole that will never exist. In other words, they are bits and fragments which state that they will never be completed, acting not as carriers of the monument, but as monuments themselves bearing the symbolic value of the tragedy of human fate, of mortality. They reveal the final triumph of nature as they inevitably and completely dissolve under the forces of nature. The ruins highlight the transition of the building from the triumph of the human spirit over the nature of stone to the domination of the forces of nature whose aim is not to destroy, but to create forms different to man-made ones. Nature shapes the ruin with the exact same forces that it creates mountains, rivers but also the stone itself as a building material for man-made constructions. But contrary to the human will to establish the dominance of spirit and erect its structures, in static and aesthetic balance, nature follows another method of creating constantly developing dynamic forms rather than the static unity of the form of a building.

Blossoming Stones

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“Friends of Traditional Architecture” -
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28is Oktovriou Street 55
Athens, Nea Penteli, 15236