WPC: Black Cat Alley – Transformation from Mundane to Beauty

Black Cat Alley was, until September 2016, just a non-descript and rather dark alley on Milwaukee’s north side.

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I downloaded this photo in order to show how the alley looked before it was painted.

I probably would have been scared to traverse that alley, until it was transformed into a gallery of murals by 15 Milwaukee street artists! On a recent visit to Milwaukee, Dale and I visited Black Cat Alley, a one-block space starting at Kenilworth St. and ending at Ivanhoe, between Farwell and Prospect Avenues, to see this transformation from “a dark and quiet space” into a “beautiful, cultural destination for the public.”

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Dale climbs the stairs leading into the alley.

 

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The alley as seen from the opposite end.

 

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The iconic frog that one sees from the street before entering Black Cat Alley. (I downloaded this image because my photo didn’t come out well. It can be found on their web site – link near end of post.)

 

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There were several of these groups of fish painted on the sidewalk.

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Another downloaded image – this beautiful mural in red, white and black, Inmate, was vandalized, so  the wall has been painted over in solid red.  (It is visible in my second photo, above.)

I found information about Black Cat Alley from this web site before we went to Milwaukee. I would love to visit again in the summertime, and see the other street art scattered throughout the city.  It has definitely undergone tremendous transformation since my seven years’ residence there in the 1980s!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge, 11/22/17 with the theme of Transformation.

 

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