Street artists bring colour to Israeli and Jordanian streets

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A dog stands in front of a wall painting by American-Israeli artist, who goes by the name, Zero Cents, during an event leading up to an annual street art festival held in Hawaii called POW! WOW! Hawaii, in the southern city of Arad.

ARAD, Israel  - With large murals of black cats and colourful gurning faces, a group of travelling international artists are bringing a splash of colourful street art to towns in Israel and Jordan.

 FILE: Israeli artist who goes by the name Klone, works on his wall painting during an art happening, called POW! WOW! Israel, which is connected to a week-long art and culture festival held in Hawaii called POW! WOW! Hawaii, in the southern city of Arad.

The eye-catching works, including large portraits and spying eyes, are produced under the banner of the International POW! WOW! event, a week-long culture festival which aims to "contribute, share culture and beautify communities with art.".

Having produced pieces at the Dead Sea and Petra in Jordan, the small group of artists, from Hawaii, Tel Aviv and Los Angeles, travelled to the southern Israeli city of Arad, a town in the Negev desert not often touched by street art.

"I came to the artist quarter in Arad to paint some walls, to give some colours and beauty to the place and to the people," Tel Aviv street artist Dioz said on Wednesday as he finished his piece of the large faces.

FILE: The shadow of American artist, who goes by the name Drew, is seen on the wall as he works on his wall painting during an art happening, called POW! WOW! Israel, which is connected to a week-long art and culture festival held in Hawaii called POW! WOW! .

The artists will next head to Tel Aviv to continue their art pilgrimage on Thursday for the final stages of the two-week festival.

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