Nachlat binyamin arts and crafts market

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The Nachlat Binyamin market is the largest pedestrian market in Israel. I documented my trip to share the economic creativity that exists in this market in Tel Aviv.

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Nachlat binyamin arts and crafts market

  1. 1. Nachlat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market Tel Aviv, Israel
  2. 2. Introduction• Established in 1988• 200+ artists• 10,000 visitors each week• Opening hours: Tuesdays 10:00 - 17:00 and Fridays 10:00 - 16:30• The artists must be accepted by a special committee.• Products made of wood, glass, fabric, plastic, paper, rocks, newspapers, wires, metal, - anything Source: http://www.nachlat-binyamin.com 2012
  3. 3. Wine bottle holders with candles (hand carved out of wood)
  4. 4. Wire-mesh sculptures (cost: 300 – 2000 NIS)
  5. 5. Glowing door bells
  6. 6. Paper trees
  7. 7. Ceramics
  8. 8. Kaleidoscopes
  9. 9. Kaleidoscopes (2)
  10. 10. Clocks
  11. 11. Office organizers, etc. (made out of newspapers)
  12. 12. Soap
  13. 13. Melted-down bottles (now spoon rests)
  14. 14. Animal Sculptures
  15. 15. Figurines
  16. 16. Shoebox towns
  17. 17. Wire art
  18. 18. Mezuzahs
  19. 19. Final notes• Major tourist attraction• Formerly a run-down province of the textile and haberdashery trade, rejuvenated as a busy pedestrian-friendly precinct full of fashionable cafés and arty shop (Lonely Planet, 2011)• In terms of an economic strategy, the visitors are drawn in by the arts and crafts, but then can stay to frequent the many restaurants
  20. 20. Final notes• Artists are friendly, and quite plesant• Prices are diverse as there is a wide range of low- priced (soap) to higher priced items (custom leather bags)• Security-bag check by the police is a little strange, but didn’t seem to distract too much from the experience
  21. 21. CREDITS Photographed and researched by: Andrew Bacchus www.streetecology.com www.facebook.com/streetecologyResearch made possible by a grant from The Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Foundation at The University of Waterlooin Waterloo, Canada.

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