The dolphinarium on Tel Aviv’s southern beach is a tragic place. It was established in 1980 as the “Israeli Sea World” with dolphins and sea lion shows. In the mid 80s the place was shut down because of financial issues. A few years afterwards the place became a dance club.
In 2001, 21 young Israelis were murdered in one of the most deadly attacks, which took place during the second Intifada (The Palestinian uprising). The building has been abandoned since the attack and is considered to be one of the most well-known urban white elephants of Tel Aviv.
A while ago, Dede, an Israeli street artist turned the gigantic building into huge wind-up teeth. The place, which to most Israelis is a symbol of trauma and tragedy, now has huge teeth. Well isn’t it ironic?
I think that the way the building looks now symbolizes the spirit of Tel Aviv. Even though it is a tough and complicated place which deals with a difficult reality, the people of Tel Aviv keep smiling and keep looking forward to a better future.