The Street Is Your Gallery – Urban Art In Tel Aviv
“The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls” Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel
The gentrified Florentin neighborhood is the area to go to find amazing street art and graffiti in Tel Aviv.
The crumbling walls of Florentin will soon turn into high rises so go before that happens.
The person to go with is Guy Sharett who does an urban street tour. You can sign up on his website Streetwise Hebrew http://www.streetwisehebrew.com. It’s very popular. I’ve tried to get on this tour twice before so book in advance. The tour is in English and my group of twelve was international. He weaves some Hebrew, history, humor and insight into the one and half hour tour.
There is a major difference between Guy’s tour and other street art tours. He focuses on the street words to teach Hebrew and Israeli Culture.
We begin with a piece by Muriel Street Art.
We see a few of her pieces throughout the tour. Muriel Street Art wants us to think.
SENED creates Figures known as “kufsonim” (mini boxes) They are ready-made stencils that are spread all over the city. The characters were developed from an abstract of a cube.
missK is an eastern european artist who lives in Israel. Apparently some of the local artists do not like the growing number of graffiti tourists.
We see a lot of her work in Florentin.
Ometz (Hebrew for bravery) writes street poetry. He is a religious scholar by day and street artist by night.
Dede is one of Israel’s most prominent street artists and the only one I knew of so I was glad to see pieces of his.
Solomon Souza is a British Israeli artist who is best known for painting faces on the shutters in the Mahane Yehudi market in Jerusalem.
It is only visible on Saturdays when the market is closed.
Frenemy creates colorful characters in chaotic environments.
Tiny Tiny Gallery on Florentin 18 shows slut machine until August 6.
The “27 club” is a group of influential rock musicians that died at the young age of 27 of drug and alcohol abuse. Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison and Amy Winehouse are part of this group. Some say the blank face is the artist Kis-Lev.
.In Hebrew you can decipher each letter from the bottom.
In Arabic you can do it from the top. This word is a combination of toda and shukraan. It means thank you in both languages. The message is clear.
Tel Aviv is the most liberal city in the Middle East and attracts both local and worldwide street artists. There weren’t as many large-scale polished murals in Florentin as in other areas but smaller and rougher with different styles and materials.
You will see amazing street art through out the city. Yes President Trump, Israel is the Middle East.
Great stuff…I love it!!
thanks, I thought about our trip a lot in Jerusalem. How we were able to wander everywhere in the Arab market and ran through a stairway in the wall back and forth that you cant use anymore. you have to go through security to get to the other side. The street that we stayed on now has no traffic because it is the tram. Do you remember the Arab kid who decided to be our “tour guide?” They are still the only red headed family in the market. I remembwer thinking when we were there that the world was going to be very different. Like stepparents, they would learn to coexist.