White Elephant

Illustration Week 2019

The secret goldfish ponds of Tel Aviv

 

White elephants aroused great admiration in Siam, until when one was discovered, it immediately passed to the king. The white elephants that were considered sacred were forbidden to work and required special and expensive living conditions. The cunning kings of Siam used to give as a gift a white elephant to those who intended to destroy financially.

The illustration depicts a secret world of goldfish ponds, built mainly in Bauhaus houses in Tel Aviv in the 1930s. The treatment of the pools was expensive and required all the occupants of the building to contribute to its care, and so over the years the pools stopped operating. Of the 100 pools built, about 70 survived, most are now filled with dirt and debris or turned into planters and parking spaces.

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