The piles of green avocados and yellow bananas now on display at Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market will be sidelined tomorrow (September 21) by a different palette of colors. The ‘Tabula Rasa’ urban art project will transform the shuk’s merchants into artists for a day.

street art

The special art workshop in the shuk is part of a plan to redecorate the shuk. Earlier this month some 20 visual artists, painters, sculptors, photographers and graphic artists created works inspired by the marketplace for the marketplace.

Mahane Yehuda street art

There’s a statue of the city’s legendary mayor Teddy Kolek made from recycled bottle caps, self-portraits, and a huge backgammon board. The works will stay up for a year.

Mahane Yehuda street art

Artist and project curator, Itamar Paloge, will run tomorrow’s workshop for the merchants.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat will also take part in the project.