Best Graffiti & Street Art in Jerusalem
Mahane Yehuda Market
Machaneh Yehudah Market, some would say the beating heart of Jerusalem, serves as two different arenas in the morning and in the evening. In the mornings the market is full of goods, hawkers and lots of consumers and tourists who come to buy products and enjoy the colorful atmosphere. At night, most of the stalls close and the pubs, cafes and restaurants in the complex remain open. The population that arrives in the morning turns away in favor of the evening population and the atmosphere in the place changes completely. The market streets are filled with revelers and music. When the morning stalls close, graffiti works that were kept rolled up inside the metal shutters all day are suddenly revealed and the whole place takes on a different atmosphere.
Where are the best graffiti and street art in Jerusalem?
If you come Machaneh Yehudah Market to enjoy the hundreds of street art & graffiti that are in the complex, you should come after the market's operating hours or on Shabbat – otherwise you won't be able to see most of the street art. If you are already coming to the area, don't just stop at the market and cross the road to the Nachalot neighborhood where you can enjoy additional and interesting graffiti & street art.
The graffiti & street art project in the Machaneh Yehudah Market initiated by Berel Hahn started in January 2015. The idea was to allow artists to paint on the shutters of the stalls with the approval of the stall owners and the financing of the materials for the work.One of the main artists, in the Machaneh Yehudah Market is Solomon Souza-Kohn – a British-Jewish painter and graffiti artist who wears a kippah. Solomon's works are displayed on about 150 (out of 360) stalls in the market. So it turned out that most of the works in the Machaneh Yehudah Market are his and appear under the signature solomon. Each painting lasted 2-4 hours and every evening Solomon painted 3 works.
Solomon Souza-Kohn's works are mostly contemporary and historical figures, for example: Moses Montefiore, David Ben-Gurion, Golda, Naomi Shemer, Hanna Senesh, Donna Garcia, Steven Spielberg. In addition Solomon also paints portraits of rabbis, Arab personalities, biblical paintings and more. > Come visit…come shop…come experience…come hang out come to see street art.