Like most abandoned buildings in Tel Aviv, the beachfront Dolphinarium has long been a magnet for graffiti, both amateur and pro. But local street artist Dede — best known for the “>post to his Facebook page last Friday, the artist revealed a 100-foot wraparound mural that transforms the building's curved front end into a pair of - Advertisement -
“Without any doubt the biggest art challenge I have ever had. This piece was hard to achieve,” Dede wrote. “Stormy nights, high rollers from the ground, the all deal. But it had to be done, I had this vision for almost a year now.”
The original Dolphinarium debuted in 1981 as a “blue-and-white Disneyland” by the sea, including an aquarium and an arena for dolphin and sea-lion shows. However, according to Israeli newspaper “>Tel Aviv's equally awkward and oversized Central Bus Station to the east.)
But the real death of the Dolphinarium complex came in 2001, during the Second Intifada, when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up inside a line of teenagers waiting to get into one of the building's nightclubs. Twenty-one people were killed and 120 wounded, most of them recent immigrants from the Soviet Union.
According to the “>the city approved plans to demolish the building, integrate its acreage into the promenade and build two new high-rises nearby.
So enjoy Dede's makeover while it still stands. In the words of the artist: “This landmark is found in the middle of continuing ownership arguments, another real estate bite in Tel-Aviv's view.”
For reference, a before pic (from last year's gay pride parade):