Episode 07 - Allyson Vieira: Ancients

August 19th, 2019

Allyson Vieira is an artist, educator and author of the book “On the Rock” (Soberscove, 2019), an oral history project documenting the experiences of the marble carvers working on the restoration of the Acropolis in Athens. Allyson talks about the physical and political history of the site and walks us through the step-by-step process of repairing a broken block of marble. She details tool, technique and material continuity on the project and tracks how many of the skills span huge and complicated histories. Her favorite tool is her Dewalt angle grinder and from the book, the specificity of the marble carving chisels.

Harriet Salmon