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Freak Alley

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Every year since 2011, more than 80 artists have splashed the brick walls of the alley between Bannock and Idaho streets off Eighth Street with pretty much whatever they want. The alley is the most dynamic public art in the city, especially since it changes every summer. Murals range from classic graffiti to mosaics of mirrors; from cartoonish figures to complete abstraction. A mix of well-known and under-the-radar artists display their work side by side. Making one dingy, forgotten alley a giant canvas--not such a bad use of the city's wallspace. And next year, it'll change again. facebook.com/pages/Freak-alley-gallery

2nd Place: Traffic Box Art, boiseartsandhistory.org

3rd Place: Art in the Park, boiseartmuseum.org/art-in-the-park

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