A new mural was unveiled in Old Jaffa on Thursday, a gift from the Netherlands to the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Created by Dutch surrealist pop artist Leon Keer, the intentionally distorted painting depicts a ceramic teapot, cracked in places but repaired with the Japanese Kintsugi technique, in which liquid gold is used as a glue to repair and make the object more stronger and more beautiful.
The mural, painted in Kedumim Square next to the Museum of Jewish Culture of Yemeni Art, is designed to appear three-dimensional, a signature of Keer’s work.
Apart from the eye tricks, it also includes an augmented reality aspect.
Viewers can scan a QR code, which then brings up a teacup, with tea poured into it. The steam coming out of the cup contains Hebrew, Arabic and Latin letters.
The concept, said Rachel Meijler, a public art producer who curated the Keer mural with the local Dutch embassy in Israel, links the country’s long history of tea to that of Arab and Jewish cultures, showing how tea customs bind people together, offering something in common. .
Keer specializes in anamorphic street art: deliberately distorted murals to convey various messages. The paintings are designed to juxtapose playfulness and beauty against the visible decadence and problematic issues of the world.