But the only place you will find art scraped into the walls, instead of painted on, is in the town of Pirgi on the Greek island of Chios, where every building is a crazy quilt of geometric designs, even the churches and banks.
This kind of decoration is called ksista (“scraped” in Greek) or, in Italian, scrafitti It is believed to have originated in Genoa and spread to Chios when the island was under Genovese rule—from 1346-1566-- but it’s still done today.
The Ksista designs on the wall vary from geometric to figurative. It’s is done by covering walls in a mixture of sand, asbestos and cement. Then, when it dries, another coat of white plaster is spread on top. Finally the designs are drawn on top and with forks, the top layer is scratched away to reveal the darker colors underneath. On balconies and walls, strings of drying tomatoes add a zap of red.
I like that the cat in the lower left is black and white like the walls
Every Greek house has a pot of Basil--for good luck as well as cooking.