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...
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!