The Municipality of Athens has launched an ambitious program to clean buildings of historical center from graffiti and illegal posters.
An area of 20 acres will be cleansed and maintained by special teams in consultation with the local community of shopkeepers and entrepreneurs.
“Combating visual vandalism was our first priority. In this context, 8,300 square meters of facades, some of which are architectural treasures of the city, have been cleaned from graffiti and illegal posters and covered with anti-tagging special protection material to ensure that they will remain clean with little maintenance,” Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis announced on Monday.
The actions have already begun with the cleaning of the historic building at number 15 on Stadiou Avenue.
Works in the area will be carried out by a team of specialists who will undertake the cleaning and the use of special anti-graffiti and hydrophobic paint materials, which prevent that posters will be placed again on the cleaned surfaces. The special material facilitate the surface cleaning in case of new incidents of vandalism.
The special team will respond to any new incident within 48 hours.
The program is funded by private sponsors.