Being the ever-curious and creative person he was, Alekos Fassianos loved to work with a wide range of artistic media. He painted canvases, as well as some bigger-than-life murals. He made countless lithographs, drawings, and posters, and worked with metalsmiths to create bronze sculptures. He even enjoyed making furniture for his own home. Fassianos also wrote a series of books, where he recorded his memoirs from old Athens, as well as his artistic principles. In his mind there was no distinction between what we call fine art and functional art; instead, he believed that art should be all around us and enjoyed at all times and not only within the walls of a gallery or in the form of a rare masterpiece.
His ideas about a completely predesigned urban environment were demonstrated in the book Gia Mia Anarchi Poli (For An Unregulated City, 2004), which he co-authored with architect Tassis Papaioannou. In the book’s preface, Fassianos deplores the rough-and-tumble character of modern Athens, where one can see “tall buildings next to low ones… a mix and match of different styles and opinions.” He and Papaioannou present drafts and drawings with a new approach to the Athenian public space, where a harmonious visual result would be achieved at every scale, from grand architectural facades and street-planning to bus stops, benches, and signage. In this book we can see Fassianos’ imagination applied to an urban scale, and his so-called universe coming to life in order to create a total environment for everyday life.