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Update for The Tabula Rasa Street Art Project

This is update to my first post on the Jlem Street Art Scene (Tabula Rasa), found by clicking this.

The very nature of street is that is is in a constant state of change and growth. The reality of this art form is, from the moment of completion, decay and altercations. The artist isn’t able to control that ebb and flow once they release it and therefor being able to document it somehow makes it more valid as a part of the history of the space in which it was found.

A clever play on the Hebrew spelling of Jerusalem. 

This is what I found when I went back to the shuk in Jerusalem to see what has changed around the streets participating in the Tabula Rasa Project. I noticed many new creations, along with a few changes to the older ones. There is a gallery of some of the changes I found below.

My favorite new addition to this TR Project was this: 

There were flower pots, some still with budding flowers, now hanging from the sidewalk poles. Urban greening for the win!

Street Art: the spaces between completion and destruction. 

The inevitable destruction of street art is something, I believe, brings more worth to the pieces you find and latch on to or care about. It is only a matter of time till the piece is painted over or deconstructed and that makes you respect its presents more. The artist didn’t create it to merely sell it, but because they felt they needed to convey a certain message and wasn’t able to effectively communicate that message to a larger audience before. The power of an effective visual image can often be underestimated and good street art usually inspires some kind of contemplation about the subject it reflects. From Wikipedia, “‘Street’ artists do not aspire to change the definition of an artwork, but rather to question the existing environment with its own language. They attempt to have their work communicate with everyday people about socially relevant themes in ways that are informed by esthetic values without being imprisoned by them”

It is good to see more people coming around to the possibilities of street art and finding a way to appreciate it in their own ways.

Cheers y’all!

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About kaie w. bird

A freelance photographer in Israel that likes to scoot about while documenting just about everything. P.S. I am a horrible editor. Forgive me.

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