Art Alley is located in downtown Rapid City, SD between Main and St. Joseph Sts. from 6th to 7th St. Though about 8 years old, this ongoing public art project was recently restored and cleaned up and, on my visit, featured mostly aerosol art with some canvases, wheat pasted pieces and even a knit-bombing of some sort.
Art Alley even has its own quasi street sign:
In the alley, art has been painted on the walls, sidewalks, dumpsters, electrical boxes, and trash cans:
If these were the stairs to my house, I certainly wouldn’t be mad:
A few contributions reflect on art practice:
The Rapid City Arts Council even hosted a discussion entitled Exploring Graffiti Culture:
I don’t know how quickly the art gets painted over; this is what I saw in Jul 2013. You can check out some older photos here.
Of course, Art Alley reminds me of Clarion Alley in San Francisco, but also of Subsurface in Indianapolis, which is an annual weekend-long event during which the same walls get repainted by graffiti artists from all over the US [in case you’re curious, that’s coming up Labor Day weekend].