Optimistic Art



A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing number of public spaces are being dramatically transformed. Boarded up, empty storefronts and abandoned buildings have become the perfect canvas for graffiti and mural artists to make their mark. The same is true in Israel. A new initiative called Gallery 240, aims to bring positive messages of hope and resilience to the public through massive mural art on abandoned buildings.

Mor Recanati, a first-year student in the Department of Photographic Communication at Hadassah Academic College (HAC), is one of 19 artists from across Israel selected to participate in this prestigious Exhibition that fuses art with architecture through giant murals. The first exhibition is being held on a building in Ramat Gan set for demolition. Mor’s bright design depicts a family’s quarantine pastime as they enjoy playing together. Other murals celebrate healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic and offer encouragement to all those who walk by.

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