Clarion Alley

Clarion Alley information

San Francisco , USA
Extras btwn 17th & 18th Sts, off Valencia St
Getting there
bart 16th St Mission
muni J
bus 14, 22, 33
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Lonely Planet review

Trial by fire is nothing compared to Clarion Alley's street-art test: unless a piece is truly inspired, it's going to get peed on or painted over. Very few pieces survive for years, such as Megan Wilson's daisy-covered Capitalism Is Over (If You Want It) or Jet Martinez' view of Clarion Alley inside a man standing in a psychedelic forest.

Even art-prankster Banksy respected the rules of this road: instead of infringing on local turf curated by Balmy Alley's collective of street artists, Banksy's stencil of a Native American holding a No Trespassing sign went up in Sycamore St, the next alley over. Incontinent art critics seem to have taken over the east end of Balmy Alley – pee-eew! – so topical murals usually go up on the west end.