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“TO BREAK A PLATE FOR GREECE”, LATEST MURAL BY ESCIF IN TOMMARP, SWEDEN

by Ariadna Zierold

Escif just sent us some fresh images from his latest street work / experiment which just took place on the streets of Tommarp in Sweden.

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Titled “To Break A Plate For Greece”, the new mural is as conceptual as ever and makes reference to the traditional Greek folk custom involving the smashing of plates or glasses and that probably (there is no consensus when it comes to this) derives from an ancient practice of ritually “killing” plates on mourning occasions, as a means of dealing with loss.

escif, break a plate for greece, mural, the citrus report, upper playground

Historians are not agreeing on where the Greek tradition of breaking plates comes from. The version I like the most says that the ancient greeks broke plates against the marble floors of their houses to ward off evil spirits with the clatter of broken crockery. Breaking a plate for Greece is a psychomagic act to ward off evil spirits from Greece and from all Europe. I hope that it works!…Opa! –Escif