Boise’s Freak Alley on Bannock Rocks; See 100 Ever Evolving Art Dreams
Every city has its thing. You can't visit Alaska without bringing home a Sockeye Salmon and don't miss the Pike Place fish market in Seattle. Places have something.
Living in Boise gives you a long list of bucket list-type items. You have to float the Boise River, watch a game on the blue turf at Albertson's Stadium, enjoy lunch on a patio Downtown and enjoy the amazement of Freak Alley.
What is Freak Alley In Boise
This is a place free from social media, emails, and drama. Freak Alley Gallery has been called the Northwest's largest open-air, multi-artist mural gallery and Trip Advisor gives it 4.5 stars. Just imagine buildings, stores, and restaurants in any city you've visited. Take those dirty old alleys and turn them into art, that's Freak Alley.
This outdoor gallery started with one mural and one person. Colby Akers originally painted the mural on the back alley doorway of Moon's Cafe. People loved it and so did the other businesses. That one moment in Boise's history became a fabric of Downtown.
Freak Alley is everything local. The City of Boise doesn't control what happens on Bannock Block 44. This is completely funded by the community and the art comes from the hearts of Idahoans. This is a place where you walk in silence and look. You don't need to be surrounded by friends in order to lose yourself in art.
These murals make you think, "what does that mean?" or "Is that person sad or is it a message?" Freak Alley gives you all of that and then some. Martin Luther King Jr., Jimi Hendrix, and Breaking Bad are a few favorites that catch attention. You can see the glass that becomes a few pieces making some of this unique art.
The murals change every few years and that means it's about time. We'll be keeping a close eye on Freak Alley's downtown art.
Enjoy the photo gallery.