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Athens street artists brighten the city


08-14-2014 00:51 BJT

In Athens, Greece, walls are becoming canvases. Scores of closed shops and derelict buildings have deteriorated the city's image. But graffiti artists are increasingly finding spaces to express themselves and make the city more colourful, sometimes with a message.

A group of street artists are transforming the back wall of a school in the heart of Athens into a mural.

Previously the wall was covered with untidy graffiti tags and slogans, like many other buildings in the Greek capital.

Now artists are expressing themselves in a more coherent way, and sharing their opinions through their art.

The street artists come from various walks of life. And the crisis that has affected most of the Greek population has not spared them.

In some cases this has been the trigger for their creativity.

LoAF whose pseudonym means 'Love Against Fear', is a graphic design graduate who studied on a scholarship, but after a series of small jobs is now unemployed.

LoAF has turned a derelict alley in a neighbourhood, which stands in the shadow of the Acropolis, into an open air gallery.

He believes that street artists can help beautify Athens, as they add colour and change to the ugly greyness of the city.



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