I am writing a third post on Tel Aviv because the street art deserves a mention. In fact, I spent a lot of my time wandering the streets and appreciating the architecture and street art in Tel Aviv. The word graffiti usually has a negative connotation. Therefore, I distinguish between tagging graffiti and the more artistic graffiti. Currently, many people appreciate artistic graffiti and it can sometimes even sell for incredible amounts of money. For example Banksy‘s art has sold for millions of dollars.
Does artistic graffiti add to the beauty of a city?
I am a firm believer that it can add beauty and character to certain areas. For example, in London the east side of London is know for having some works by Banksy and other street art. That is an attraction for tourists and locals alike. However, when there is a lot of tagging in a dark place or tunnel, it can almost seem ominous. As an example, in Los Angeles, tagging is often related to gang activity.
Tel Aviv has a mixture of tagging and artistic graffiti. Most of my photos below highlight the artistic works that caught my eye. They add colour to otherwise plain walls. However, I have no idea of the meaning or significance of most of them. The first photo below shows what I mean by tagging. I have a lot fewer photos of tagging, but this building caught my eye for its interesting architecture.
Which other cities have you visited with interesting street art to discover?
I think some of the top cities I have discovered street art are: Minsk, Sao Paolo, London, Ponta Delgada, Rimini, San Francisco, Kyiv, Lisbon and La Paz.