In a recent article for the top 10 examples of landscape architecture that rapidly changed urban scenery, Landscape Architects Network placed Perikleous street, Athens, Greece in the fourth place. The Greek activist group, Atenistas transformed the abandoned street into a functional public space. After 11 hours of work they turned the street into a beautiful passage painting the dirty walls with beautiful colors using pallets and chairs as benches.
“It is amazing what a bit of artwork can achieve, as shown in the colorful walls of this transformed site. It is even more amazing to see a bunch of normal everyday objects combined together to create a public bench that adds functionality as well as interest,” says the article.
Atenistas is an open community of activists which organize initiatives aiming to improve Athens. They have organized several cultural events, activities for the support of underprivileged social groups and projects such as the creation of new open spaces and parks and the cleaning of polluted beaches along the city coast.