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What Message Lies Behind a New Large-Scale Piece in Tel Aviv?

  • Artwork on Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv
March 18, 2018
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A fascinating work of street art can be found at the facade of the Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv, Isreal. It was designed and executed by the artistic duo Nitzan Mintz and Dede.

The hostel’s unique and well-known multi-cultural reputation was the primary source of inspiration for the piece which metaphorically comments on the building’s current state. The artwork speaks on the behalf of the construction developments surrounding the hostel and the refugee deportation situations often associated with the location.

The artists were heavily influenced by severe changes the surrounding neighborhood has undergone in order to adapt to Tel Aviv’s upcoming light rail – many business owners had to migrate out of the area, which led to some heavy financial problems for the locals.

Artwork on Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv
Nitzan Mintz & Dede – Artwork on the Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv

Nitzan Mintz and the Magic of Words

The street piece combines four lines from different poems written to convey notions and thoughts about immigration, refugees, dreams and yearning for home. Although the texts, which were executed on the wall by Nitzan Mintz, were combined in a way they make sense when read continuously, they can still be interpreted separately as well:

Try to levitate over this city, Everything is light as a feather, The bones are made of dreams, One final effort before the sun sets

Each of the four postal stamps shaping the piece was carefully chosen as a reference to the history of the building. However, they also stand as an ironic and nostalgic symbol of communication between places and people far from one another.

Nitzan Mintz & Dede

Dede and Her Birds of Wood

The piece’s main visual concern are the wooden birds executed on the wall by Dede. These were taken from a vast series of wooden animals found in nearly every city district of Tel Aviv.

Wooden birds are fleeing and searching for a new home, embracing a state of mind any immigrant needs to have in order to get by emotionally.

Dede was inspired by the ever-changing city landscape that seems to be losing a lot of its iconic locations in order to fit new skyscrapers. Dede imagines a new world in which these leftover buildings are transformed into animal-shaped beings who are destined to search for a new safe haven, losing the battle to modernization but still capable of migrating to a better place.

Artwork on Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv
Nitzan Mintz & Dede – Artwork on the Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv

A Symbol of Communication on Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv

This mesmerizing artwork on the facade of the Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv tries to address and identify with the new character of the neighborhood, as well as describe what its tenants are going through at the moment.

As a way of boosting the piece’s reach, so to speak, series of postcards were produced in collaboration with the hostel, all based on one of the four giant postal stamps in the piece. Just like the piece itself, the distribution of these postcards symbolizes communication between places and people far from one another.

Featured image: Nitzan Mintz & Dede – Artwork on Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv. All images courtesy of Nitzan Mintz & Dede.