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Freak Alley, Boise

Because I have temporarily changed my chronological selection method for a more associative method, it is not difficult to switch from the richly painted facades of the Fair-Haired Dumbbell in Portland to the graffiti gallery of Freak Alley in the capital of Idaho, Boise.

Boise was a logical stopover on our route between Portland and Yellowstone Park, because Lars collects US states, preferably including their capital.
It turned out to be a good choice.

Boise is an attractive, fast-growing city with more than 225,000 inhabitants in a region with more than 700,000 inhabitants.
At the end of our stroll through the city we were surprised by Freak Alley. A street in the centre of the city that has the largest collection of murals and graffiti in Northwest America.
Since 2002 every two years more than 200 artists work together to make new murals and replace old ones.
Boise has therefor featured prominently in a survey of mid-sized American cities with thriving artistic communities in which it ranked second.

Three photos that give a good overview of the high quality of street art.
As always in an alley, it was also a matter of searching for the best approach.

■ Picture 1: ◄ Moon’s Kitchen & Can2 ►


■ Picture 2: ◄ Freak Alley & Smoke Free Zone ►


■ Picture 3: ◄ Dreyfus Art & Sara Aycock ►


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