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A new portrait of Plato, a man famed for his views on the state, who warned that cities ‘will have no rest from evils’ until political power and philosophy coincide.

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This piece depicts a casualty of Greece’s current economic fortune, a feeling shared by many of the artists whose work adorns the walls of the city.

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A recurring theme in contemporary graffiti on the streets of Athens is one of economic repression and class strife.

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Complex political concepts are condensed onto single walls by artists wanting to express their frustrations or views on the current political climate.

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Much of the talented graffiti art is celebrated for adding colour to the streets of Athens.

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See no evil? While some are bright and jaunty, many of the street artworks in the Greek capital allude to deeper worries.

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Paws for thought? While some graffiti art is explicit in its messages, other pieces are more ambiguous.

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‘All dogs go to heaven’: this Greek graffiti artist pays homage to man’s best friend.

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Surveillance by the state also features highly in the minds of graffiti artists in Athens.

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Some of the graffiti art in Athens offers feelings of hope and aspiration.

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Some of the contemporary graffiti works are complex in both size and scale.

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These cerebral works stand side by side in Athens, a city renowned as a base of western philosophy.

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The Athens graffiti is illustrative of many styles, with new images on show around every street corner.

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Walls are adorned with works of contemporary graffiti on the streets of Athens.

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Live fast, die young. This graffiti artist shares their own philosophy of sorts in this mural work.

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A blessing from above? Athens is anointed by a graffiti artist who is perhaps worthy of higher praise.

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An oracle for the future? Whatever is around the corner for Greece, it is clear that the talented street artists of Athens will continue their impressive work.

 

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/