Art Brings Color and Life to the Jerusalem Market

Jerusalem's famous Machane Yehuda Market has been transformed into a huge urban art display. The market inspired the art.

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Art in the Jerusalem Market
Art in the Jerusalem Market
Yuval Yosef

Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market was transformed into a huge urban art display this week, in which art took over the market (“shuk” in Hebrew) and the shuk became the inspiration for the art.

Painters, sculptors, photographers, and graphic artists participate in this unique urban art project in the heart of the market. Art pieces on display include a statue of legendary Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kolek made completely from recycled bottle caps, self portraits of artists from varying backgrounds who have come together for the project, a huge backgammon board, and more. 

Arutz Sheva was visiting the transformed market on the same day that Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat dropped by to take a look at the art projects on display.

“It’s a very nice project which brings colors and themes into Machane Yehuda,” Barkat said. “Machane Yehuda is a fascinating area. People from all over the country and from all over the world love it.”

He added that the project “creates a very nice atmosphere. It makes the place much more clean and much more wonderful and pretty. It gets more people to come to Machane Yehuda and that’s exactly what we wanted.”

“The project was meant to take students, artists and shopkeepers from the market to come and do some art,” explained curator Itamar Paloge. “The street – its residents and shopkeepers and business owners – brought its own pulse, and the artists came and got their influence from the street and this is how they produced the work.”