In the city center we will encounter a small compound of unusual fascinating street art and graffiti display, just between Zion Square, Nahalat Shivaa, Mamila Mall and Safra Square. We will then continue riding on Jaffa Blvd. enjoying the beautiful street with its elegant buildings and shops, Jerusalem's Champs-Élysées. Entering the Mahane Yehuda Market at the end of Jaffa Blvd, we will tour the largest collection of graffiti in Jerusalem, created by Solomon, a 22 year old Chabad Yeshiva student, who started this project. We will see different paintings and portraits of famous Rabbis, Biblical scenes, founding fathers of the market and respected politicians. A wide array of eclectic and national/international graffiti that connects and completes the Mahane Yehuda vibe perfectly.
Graffiti started in New York during the middle of the 20th century alongside other urban phenomena's such as break dance, hip hop, skateboarding, etc. During its early years Graffiti was used as a method to pass subversive messages to the government, hence the system. Though as years passed, city government started to recognize graffiti as a form of art and see it's urban potential. Today it is done mostly with permission and represents artistic symbols, less against the system and more philosophic and universal. Opposite to Graffiti, street art has always been institutionalized and mainstream. It was ordered by rulers and later by the city government itself to express ideas that enhance the city. In contrast to other famous big urban cities, Jerusalem is well known for its unique combination of old and new. This special contradiction sets a challenge to street art displays and graffiti in Jerusalem as they relate to aspects of the city, culture, religion, art,
both old and new. The success of any artist trying to do so, creates a far more rich urban scenery with unique and special city art.
*Jerusalem street art tour is possible either on Segway, by bikes or by foot.
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