First things started getting ugly in Clarion Alley in the fall, then 2012 hit and things really escalated with the entire 17th St. Mural getting trashed with vandalism, followed by the Mr. Bubbles sign, and then much of Sirron Norris' work. Even Balmy Alley has seen many of its works ruined in the last month.
What remains to be seen is if muralists will persist in painting despite the unrelenting destruction of their works. The pair of artists interviewed last fall in Clarion Alley stated they had enough and were moving on from Clarion's once sought-after alley walls. Is the age of murals of graffiti prevention done, to be replaced with horribly boring-yet-effective treasure map-esque lines? We can only hope not.