It’s called ‘Freak Alley,’ a stretch of alleyway located between 8th & 9th streets dedicated to the work of graffiti artists.
While it’s been around for over a decade, it’s easy to overlook if you’re not paying attention–it’s hard to miss if you are.
An art gallery like no other, old brick walls serve the canvas, a small parking lot, the foyer. Yet much like any other gallery, it’s relatively quiet as you peruse the art. You’ll find works of all sorts and varieties, on topics ranging from cartoons to civil rights. Some pieces make you think, others make you laugh–and there’s everything in between.
Then, just like that, you reach the end of the alley and walk right out into the bright, hustle and bustle of 8th street–amongst people window shopping and dining al fresco.
Artists must be accepted via an application process. If they make it through, their work will be displayed approximately one year before it’s covered up and new artists step in.
So, the next time you’re meandering about downtown Boise, take a detour down ‘Freak Alley.’ For those residing in lands far away, here’s just a peek . . .