The loss of the artworks themselves is sad, but it is in the nature of street art to be fleeting. Street art is a renegade act, an attack on the city as much as an addition to it. (Often they are painted over as soon as they are discovered.) That isn’t something to lament; that is part of its power. It is an act of defiance, and the work feeds on the energy that that creates. This site was an exception: an outdoor gallery where the work was “permitted” by its owner. For 20 years. That’s unusual to say the least, and it changes the nature of the work. Artists had a chance to do work of the kind of complexity that they almost never would have in a normal street art setting (as demonstrated brilliantly by photo #5 above). Call it graduate school for street artists. That it ultimately had to end was predictable and normal. It’s surprising that it lasted as long as it did, and its passing is part of the process inherent to such work. It was, we witnessed it, and it’s gone.