So while in Greece and Turkey, we had some rather rebellious experiences. Here are the worst, and by worst, I mean best, of them:
Graffiti defined the university campuses of Greece.
Here is an album with some of the beautiful and terrifying graffiti by students there. After seeing the abundance of this colorful art on campus, we decided to do a little of our own. This design with the infinity symbol “What’s next” was created with a little help from our Greek friend Mark Kairis who developed the master idea, and I filled in the gaps. We spent quite a few hours in the classroom with a razor cutting out the stencil, and it was well worth it.
There is quite a bit of symbolism that is relevant to Greek students within this piece.
One of the most pressing challenges we faced was a lack of an eternal perspective. People rarely believed in an eternity, much less a literal heaven or hell. This design tied in the good and the bad experiences of life and played off of the idea that these experiences that we know are just a small reflection of what true heaven or hell is like. The most beautiful moment, breathtaking sunrise, and joyful laugh are just a glimpse of heaven wheras the most depressing periods, trials, death, and pain within this world will only become that much greater in the life to come. We strategically chose to use English rather than Greek to ask the question “What’s next?” Hopefully, as the students pass by this stencil day after day on their way to class, they stop and think about this question, quite possibly for the first time in years.