The iconic run-down Dolphinarium on the Tel Aviv beachfront has been transformed, thanks to a careful new coat of paint, into a somewhat disturbing set of wind-up teeth.
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"I had this vision for almost a year now," Dede, the local graffiti artist behind this addition to Tel Aviv street art, said in a Facebook post.
The artist told his Facebook fans that this project was his "biggest challenge," but that he was undeterred by the "stormy nights, high rollers from the ground, the all deal."
Originally set up in the 1980s, the Dolphinarium enjoyed brief financial success as a venue for dolphin and sea lion shows. But since the mid-1980s, the venue struggled, shutting down the live performances and renting out spaces for various businesses, including a club, a movie theater and sporting goods stores. A deadly suicide attack in 2001 at a dance club in the complex that killed 21 people was the last straw for the site. Neglect and abandonment spread to the entire complex.
Most recently, a deal has been reached between the current landowner and the Tel Aviv municipality, according to which the compound will be leveled, making way for a boardwalk. Until that fateful day, the Dolphinarium will continue to chatter silently at the breaking waves with its new dentures.