If you’re a follower of our blog you may have noticed that we love street art. We find it very inspirational and meaningful, at times more than art displayed in museums.
Mural by Dana Decktor.
From an urban perspective, street art is a way in which people can contribute to a cityscape and can express themselves anonymously (or not) for all of the world to see.
While sometimes graffiti can be perceived as sort of scribbles that do nothing but mar public space, it can have really beautiful graphic qualities: from typography to color and composition, street art is at times the freest form of art and expression out there.
Nitzan Mintz mural – a study in Hebrew typography.
Signer Afk mural.
For all these reasons, we were thrilled to find out about The Seventh Floor, a street art exhibit held at Tel Aviv’s central bus station, where about a thousand square meters of walls are now covered with art by local artists and artists from abroad.
Some of the art is colorful, some is aggressive and in-your-face and some has a very clear agenda.
Artist Natalie Mandel used the loose cables coming out of the walls along with old phone chargers to create a sort of vine spanning the ceiling, creating a juxtaposition between something from nature and an industrial polluted bus station.
An addition to this piece were huge grasshoppers built out of old scraps of metal.
“If only we can find the language of peace we could live together and forever as one” by Murielle Cohen.
We loved the graphic qualities of this piece, made out of yarn, by artist Maya Gelfman.
“Batman can’t save you.” Quite moving work by Zak Shiff.
Beautiful Japanese culture-inspired art by Melbourne graffiti artist Haha.
Stunning murals incorporating pasted newspaper and paint by illustrator Marian Boo.
An impressive abstract mural by illustrator and animator Dioz.
A piece by interactive artist Debi Oulu encouraging passersby to “do art”.
Murals by Utro and Ross Plazma.
Cute creatures creeping on the telephone by Adi Sened.
Trapped in the wall. Work by Holy Era.
Amazing color combination and Greek-mythology graphics by &BE&.
A piece by illustrator Zivink.
Very threatening mural by Shell Uno.
Pieces by Ori Gami and Alice Mizrachi.
Urban decay by German graffiti artist Markus.
One of our favorites by Lavi>Safam Boards.
The fact that this exhibit was held at the central bus station is meaningful in itself. Regretfully, this is an under-maintained, run down, awful building. The presence of the art almost makes up for the lack of design in the place, because at least the old and decrepit walls are being used for a good cause. The notion that public buildings that thousands of people pass through in a given day could be used as “rental space” for free art is a very exciting one!
What’s amazing though, is how people take this kind of art for granted and don’t even give it a second glance. We noticed that many people walked by completely oblivious, and only started to notice the writing on the walls (pun very much intended) when they saw us taking pictures.
Rony wore a Made by Lilamist graphic crop top with a vintage pleated midi skirt, peep toe heels, leather clutch, wood printed sunglasses and layered gold pendant necklaces.
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