City Guide to Athens, Greece: Part 6 | Street Art

City Guide to Athens, Greece: Part 6 | Street Art

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Athens, Greece is known for its Ancient Ruins and of course no visit is complete without seeing the Acropolis of Athens. However, built among the Ancient Ruins, is a large city that has an emerging young and political art scene. Most interestingly, it’s not art that you’re going to find hung on the wall in a gallery. Instead, it’s all over the city and especially in Psyrri, Exarchia, Anafiotika, and Gazi neighborhoods. It adorns the sides of buildings and often appears overnight; some call it graffiti, others prefer street art. Either way, Athens is budding with creative young artists who’ve taken to the streets to express themselves.


Athens Street Art

We didn't set out on a quest to find specific pieces of artwork, instead we found them organically as we explored Athens. Some pieces are grand works of art that look as though they were commissioned, while others are smaller and incorporated with dozens of other works in the same area. We found beauty and meaning in both types art and captured them with our camera...

The question you may ask yourself, is why are the hands facing downward? Could it be that it's not a human praying, but instead a God praying for the city below and its people? This piece was created by Pavlos Tsakonas as a result of the collaboration between the Ministry of Environmental Energy & Climate Change and the Athens School of Fine Arts. His inspiration was a 16th century piece by the German artist Albrecht Dürer.
Artist: Pavlos Tsakonas
Location: Hotel Vienna on Peiraios near Omonoia Square, Athens, Greece

Location: Eschilou and Platia Iroon, Athens, Greece

Location: Agiou Dimitriou and Melanthiou, Athens, Greece

The Colorful Warrior
Artist: Woozy, aka Vaggelis Choursoglou
Location: Monastiraki Metro Station, Athens, Greece

Location: Above the Ancient Agora of Athens site on Vrisakiou, between Pikilis and Kladou, Athens, Greece

Location: Tholou, between Alimperti and Klepsidras, Athens, Greece

Location: Athens City Pharmacy on Themidos and Miaouli, Athens, Greece

Location: On an Athens Metro train, taken at Monastiraki Metro Station

Location: On an Athens Metro train, taken at Monastiraki Metro Station

Is this J. Wellington Wimpy?
Location: Agiou Dimitriou and Melanthiou, Athens, Greece

Location: Aggiou Dimitriou and Kalamida, Athens, Greece

ArtistAlexandros Vasmoulakis
Location: Can be seen from the square at the center of Platia Iroon, Athens, Greece

Location: Where Aristofanous, Platia Iroon, and Eschilou meet, in front of H ΩΡΑΙΑ ΠΕΝΤΕΛΗ Greek Restaurant, Athens, Greece

Location: Monastiraki Flea Martket, near Monastiraki Square and Metro Station, Athens, Greece

Location: Monastiraki Flea Martket, near Monastiraki Square and Metro Station, Athens, Greece

Location: On Aggelou Vlachou near Adrianou, Athens, Greece


Final Thoughts

We hope the street art in Athens will make you reconsider what you think graffiti is, and help you realize that it can be more than simply a tag. Graffiti can of course be just that, or it can be truly beautiful, meaningful, and powerful art. When visiting Athens, venture beyond the tourist neighborhoods and take the time to get to know a different side of Athens, Greece. Who knows, you may find that when you dig a bit deeper and explore a bit wider, you could discover a whole new side and culture of this ancient city!

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