New AP initiative to clear the Historic Center from graffiti and tags

A cleaner future awaits the City of Athens under a new AP initiative which will see 20,000 square metres of graffiti tags and illegal posters disappear from the Historic Centre.

The latest anti-tagging initiative is designed and being implemented by the Athens Partnership and aims to boost the City of Athens’ efforts to promote and restore the charm of the capital’s Historic Centre. The program is made possible by the generosity of the A. C. Laskaridis Foundation, Beat, Constantine M. Logothetis, COSMOTE, Ionian Hotel Enterprises S.A. and Lampsa Hellenic Hotels SA. The scheme is an expansion of the city’s campaign to clean up the appearance of the Historic Centre through the “This is Athens & Partners” coalition - a unique public-private partnership that brings together the City and major tourism stakeholders with the mandate of developing, managing and promoting Athens as an attractive year-round destination.

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The historic building of Stadiou 15, before and after the first cleanup.

"Combating visual vandalism has always been a priority for our administration,” stated the Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis. “In this context, 8,300 square meters of facades, some of which are architectural treasures of the city, have already been cleaned from tags and illegal posters in the context of the Commercial Triangle project, and covered with anti-tagging special protection material to ensure that with a little maintenance they will remain clean.”

The Historic Triangle of Athens, surrounded by the emblematic squares of Syntagma, Monastiraki and Omonia, is home to some of the city’s greatest architectural treasures. Buildings designed by Ernst Ziller and Panagiotis Kalkos and many more distinguished architects "unfold" over traditional shops and businesses, visited daily by thousands of Athenians and tourists.

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A special crew will remove new tags within 48 hours.

Works will be carried out by a special crew contracted to apply anti-graffiti and hydrophobic paint materials to prevent poster replacement and facilitate the cleaning of new tags. New occurrences will be dealt with within 48 hours, while a team of Municipal officials will be trained to support the project's sustainability.

The programme also aims to revive the city centre through actions and events to be carried out in cooperation with the area’s entrepreneurs, in order to best respond to the specific characteristics and needs of the neighbourhood.

The area of interventions in the Historic Triangle

The area of interventions in the Historic Triangle

As part of the programme, more than 100 of the the city’s outdoor telephone line distribution boxes will be transformed into works of art by local artists, with the support of COSMOTE, under the popular "Art on KAFAO" project.

These new initiatives were inspired by the success of the "Revitalization of the Commercial Triangle” programme run by the Municipality of Athens which has organised events attended by more than 20,000 visitors, transformed 37 telephone boxes and cleaned 30 cty blocks from graffiti tags and posters. That programme was made possible thanks to an exclusive donation by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.