Mati Ale, an insurance assessor turned street art photographer, say people call him a dreamer.
“But I’m not a dreamer. I’m realistic. I do it,” says Ale of his latest project, an art exhibition on the seventh floor of Tel Aviv’s central bus station, which opened to the public on Saturday for one year.
The exhibition covers 1,000 square meters (10,765 square feet) of wall and features artists from Israel and all over the world. It aims to promote street art while improving the look of the central bus station, which residents say has become a local eyesore.
“I passed here as a teenager when this place just opened,” says Oz Madar, curator of the exhibition. “It was filled with wonders,” he says, remembering the number of CD and magazine stores that once operated within the bus station.