Escape of the Week: Tel Aviv’s street art in photos

Written by on November 27, 2013 in Escapes, Featured - 16 Comments

Street art in Tel Aviv is alive and well — something I learned recently on my tour with Mekomy and the start-up’s founder, Gilad Uziley.

What I learned on the tour is that the street art scene in Tel Aviv, while it flourishes in the warehouse neighborhood of Florentin, extends well beyond this mostly rundown, hipster area and can actually be seen all over town. It is just a matter of where you look.

Florentin

A street in Florentin, Tel Aviv

Considered hipster/bohemian, Florentin is the place to immerse yourself in the street art culture in Tel Aviv.

A street in Florentin in Tel Aviv

Located in the southern part of the city, the area is a hodge-podge of industrial and residential with the in-the-know crowd frequenting the area for its nightlife scene. Regentrification in the 90s saw a flux of the younger crowd moving in, and today there’s a span of people who call this area home.

A Jewish star against street art

It’s a mix of rich and not-rich. A meshing of ideas … all under one neighborhood.

Street art by Dioz in Tel Aviv

For me, I’m completely taken by the art flanking the walls, the dumpsters, the doors and beyond.

Street art in Florentin

Florentin’s street art tells a story.

A rabbi as street art

Street art in Florentin

It explains the the issues with the city, personal problems, creative solutions, cries for love, and more.

Street art in Tel Aviv

It merges local artists with visiting artists to create collaborative works of art.

String street art in Tel Aviv

It uses mediums aside from just paint, like string.

Street art by Dede

There is Dede, whose work can be identified by Band-Aids.

Street art by Eggplant Kid

Eggplant Kid who paints (you guessed it) eggplants.

Adi Sened street art

Adi Sened who creates these little box people.

Street art in Florentin in Tel Aviv

Dioz, with his abstract take on life.

Street art in Florentin

A street in Florentin

And so, so many more.

Tel Aviv Bus Station

The Tel Aviv bus station

And then, there is Tel Aviv’s Bus Station.

Street art in Tel Aviv bus station

Filled with vendors and quite run-down on most floors, the top floor is literally a work of art now, thanks to Mati Ale and his vision for bringing street art to the forefront of the locals and visitors. This floor treats passengers to a who’s who of street artists from Tel Aviv and beyond.

Street art at the Tel Aviv bus station

Street art at Tel Aviv bus station

Mooz street art in Tel Aviv

Cultural commentary in street art at Tel Aviv bus station

An apple as street art

Mixed medium street art at Israel bus station

Blindfolded street art

Sumo street art in Tel Aviv

Colorful street art at Tel Aviv bus station

Street art with rainbow

Elephants as street art

Computer game street art in Tel Aviv

A girl as street art

Tel Aviv street art

After walking through Florentin and then hitting the bus station, I love being able to recognize some of the artists whose work I have already seen in the gritty real world.

Street art box people

Street art in prose

Street art with string

Street art by Dede

Art by Dioz at Tel Aviv bus station

Around town

And, then my eyes are open.

Tel Aviv

As I walk around town, I can’t help but notice the street art everywhere I turn. The Band-Aids, the Hebrew prose, the little box people.

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Am I in love with the street art scene in Tel Aviv? Yes, I think so.

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For more information on taking your own street art tour, be sure to check out Mekomy’s Facebook page.

Editor’s Note: My street art tour was courtesy of Mekomy, however all opinions are my own. If you have questions regarding this, please read my disclosure policy

About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2010 she quit her job in PR to go on a solo backpacking adventure and tackle her 30-Life-Crisis. After seven months abroad, journeying throughout Europe and Africa, she returned to America and relocated to Las Vegas. Following a year-long stint back in PR, she once again quit her job to follow her dreams; this time her journey took her to the elephants and Elephant Nature Park where she is involved with raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. Recently, Diana was named a finalist in the Destinology Travel Bloggy Awards for travel writing. She has been a regular contributor to Viator and recently served as the Las Vegas contributor for OneTravel.com and CheapOair.com. Her work has appeared in print and online, including The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Vegas Seven, World Nomads and more.

16 Comments on "Escape of the Week: Tel Aviv’s street art in photos"

  1. Britany December 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm · Reply

    Love the octopus guy holding the martini glass. And the elephant! I seriously can’t get enough street art when I travel. Its such a fun and different perspective on the local culture.

    • Diana December 8, 2013 at 12:40 am · Reply

      Me, too! I love it because often times, you have to go somewhere off the tourist path to find the art, and then when you do that, it really opens your eyes to an entirely different side of a city.

  2. Camels & Chocolate December 2, 2013 at 9:31 am · Reply

    I feel like I visited a different Tel Aviv than you–I honestly don’t remember all the street art!

    • Diana December 8, 2013 at 12:39 am · Reply

      It isn’t on the beaten path, so unless you knew about where the art was, I cannot imagine you would have stumbled upon it.

  3. Sebastian @ Off-The-Path.com December 2, 2013 at 9:37 am · Reply

    I’ve never been but wouldn’t expect this in Tel Aviv. I have a different image in my head. Lovely pictures though :)

    • Diana December 8, 2013 at 12:39 am · Reply

      I was quite surprised to learn about the street art scene here. It was not what I expected and very, very cool!

  4. Ayngelina December 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm · Reply

    Wow I love the little details and nuances that you learned, they really add so much to learning about street art in a city.

    • Diana December 8, 2013 at 12:38 am · Reply

      I think the best part of any street art tour is learning about the artists and what they are conveying, and the whole dynamics of the culture. It is really fascinating!

  5. Erica December 5, 2013 at 11:22 am · Reply

    I LOVE that geometric deer. How awesome – great collection Diana.

    • Diana December 8, 2013 at 12:36 am · Reply

      Thank you!! I LOVED putting this post together and going through all of the photos. I had hundreds, was very hard to narrow it down!

  6. Alex December 8, 2013 at 7:24 am · Reply

    Wow! What a diverse collection of art! I love the use of other materials than paint. Fantastic!

    • Diana December 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm · Reply

      I love that, too! The street art scene in Tel Aviv is MASSIVE!

  7. Hogga December 16, 2013 at 10:17 am · Reply

    i like the barfing rainbows guy

    • Diana December 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm · Reply

      Me, too!!

  8. Wesley January 14, 2014 at 12:32 am · Reply

    I love the photos, simply amazing.

    • Diana January 14, 2014 at 3:01 am · Reply

      Thank you! :)

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