The talented men of Broken Fingaz Crew, one of Israel’s best-known street-art collectives, took a break from a spate of international projects and came back home to Haifa to paint a monumental downtown mural titled “Fingaz Railways – Broken Borders.”
They teamed up with noted Arab calligrapher Ahmad Zoabi, also a Haifa native, to create this work.
“Covering the side of a building in the center of downtown Haifa, next to the historic Hejaz railway, the mural is a message for peace and a tribute to the former railway line that used to connect the neighboring cities of Haifa, Israel to Damascus, Syria, Beirut, Lebanon, Amman, Jordan and Mecca,” according to Broken Fingaz member Unga.
Featuring text in English, Arabic and Hebrew, as well as 1970s pop-inspired colors, the mural “wistfully imagines a design for a new railway that would reconnect the Middle East.”
The Fingaz Railways mural was unveiled as part of the Walls Festival in Haifa, in which downtown areas of the city were painted by local and visiting artists also including Elna & Gab of Brother of Light (Jerusalem); Gida (Haifa), KJ263 (Düsseldorf); Maser (Ireland); Missing (Tel Aviv); Mudwig (UK); Sickboy (Bristol); and Tom Melnik (Tel Aviv).