Athens embarked on an ambitious plan to remove graffiti and beautify spaces. Such an act of civic pride reinforces and sustains the nation’s efforts to control the virus and position the country for a successful future.

As Athen’s streets and plazas empty out, photographer Alexandros Maragos captures the opportunities that arise when emptiness can be a catalyst for innovation and a rethinking of what else streets can be. In the words of poet Argyris Xionis, as cited by Demetra Hadjiyianni, “Step on the asphalt with respect. Underneath it there are stones dreaming of gardens.”

Balconies accommodate the traditional grilling of lamb that is typical of Greek easter.

Residential – Balconies