Philly woman turns swastika graffiti into artwork

“We have lived here for almost 20 years. I have happily raised my kids and celebrated the openness and safety of this town,” she wrote on Facebook. “I am so saddened by this occurrence."

Spray-painted swastika (illustrative) (photo credit: REUTERS)
Spray-painted swastika (illustrative)
(photo credit: REUTERS)
A Jewish artist in suburban Philadelphia turned swastikas painted on her trash can into a neighborhood demonstration of love and caring.
Esther Cohen-Eskin of Havertown discovered the Nazi symbol painted on her trash can on Aug. 19, The Huffington Post reported.
“We have lived here for almost 20 years. I have happily raised my kids and celebrated the openness and safety of this town,” she wrote on Facebook. “I am so saddened by this occurrence.”
Cohen-Eskin didn't let the swastika stay for long, instead, at the suggestion of a friend she painted the swastika and transformed it into an orange flower in order to “turn this symbol of hate into something beautiful."

She then posted a message on Facebook and dropped letters in her neighbors mailboxes encouraging them to paint their trash cans with messages of love.
She asked her neighbors first to paint a swastika on their bins, then deliberately paint over it, she said, with “a flower, a peace sign, an animal, a doodle... anything your imagination can come up with.”