How they transformed this shabby street into a brillant public place, with a few pieces of wood, a touch of creativity, and a bit of hard work. That’s what I call urban bricolage at its best!
Great job by Atenistas’s Green from Athens
"During last November, in seeking open city spaces for our new actions, we came up with an open space so central but in the same time, so neglected and derelict. The pedestrian walkway (part of Perikleous Str.), two blocks down from Syntagma Sq., had been left in a miserable state for years. Being a void and without identity, public space, remained defenceless to infinite garbage, lack of basic city care, terrible hygienic conditions, waif to motorcycle parking and poor public lighting.
Atenistas’s Green team decided to act and improve its appearance, give identity and some kind of public function. The aim was to create a place of interaction, pause, opportunity for meeting, for strengthening the local community, a place of surprise and a city landmark.
We would like to thank the local shopkeepers, who helped us enormously, providing electricity, water and their consent, vital for us in accomplishing the project. We would like to thank also, the neighbourhood’s residents for offering us treats and their smile and the Public Lighting Division of the Municipality of Athens, which was invited to check and add two new public lights, thus offering plenty of light to a dimly lit space.”