The 1.2 million unemployed in Greece, disheartened by their economic plight, would surely like to have some euros in their pockets.
But some of those who are fortunate enough to have euros might find them a reason to be disconsolate.
When they examine the notes, instead of seeing standard depictions of historic Greek architecture, they see standard depictions of historic Greek architecture with crowds of people drawn in, fleeing or throwing themselves off buildings in despair.
They are seeing the work of Stefanos, an artist who has been drawing on euros since last year and spending them in hopes of illustrating “the economic and social instability in Greece,” according to the Atlantic CityLab online newsletter.
Other bills feature someone hanging with his neck in a noose, Father Time with his scythe and graffiti pronouncing that the “end is nigh.”
These are dark times for Greece with its failing economy. Stefanos says its euro notes should reflect that reality.
Still, defacing bills?
On the bright side — if indeed there is one — maybe Stefano’s work gives people a reason to be relieved that their pockets are empty.