Peristyle in Split Covered with Grass

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Almost fifty years have passed since the artistic intervention in the late 1960s which painted the Split Peristyle in red. And now, the Peristyle will greet the citizens of Split in its green edition, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on October 26, 2015.

On the freshly installed grass lawn at the most popular square in Split, a performance titled “Breakfast on the Grass” is currently being performed. The organizers of the artistic event, Greens of Dalmatia, have decided to use the performance in order to present to the public their Green Ring project, which was created in collaboration with the “Parkovi i nasadi” city landscaping company. The project was created under the auspices of the Management Plan for the Historic Centre of Split, in order to bring about a significant horticultural improvement of the area which is under the protection of UNESCO.

The Greens claim that cities have a few degrees higher temperatures than other areas, due to the so-called heat island effect, and Split is no exception. “Stone, asphalt and concrete absorb the sun’s energy and generate high temperatures. Our urban centres are not ready for this life-threatening effect. Historical cores of the cities are especially vulnerable, because they typically bring together a large number of residents and visitors.”

Split is a tourist town which is inundated with numerous visitors and citizens who have absolutely no protection from temperature anomalies. “Therefore, we are forced to create green corridors and a network of parts of the city covered in shades, where we can find at least some salvation and refuge”, Greens of Dalmatia explained.


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