Ask Zimo: Get ready to see the wildlife mural at MK Nature Center

April 25, 2013 

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The Alpine Lake viewing area at the MK Nature Center has been covered this winter as an artist works on a wildlife mural.

PETE ZIMOWSKY — pzimowsky@idahostatesman.com

Q: What's going on at the MK Nature Center? The underwater fish display is all covered.

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A: The Alpine Lake viewing area has been covered since fall while Boise artist Marcus Pierce works on a mural to enhance the concrete walls of the structure.

I got a glimpse of the work when it was first starting and it's pretty cool. The art of the great blue heron, in particular, portrays the flavor of the nature center.

The mural will also feature deer, mink, crayfish and other critters. You can see a video of the artwork on Pierce's website at marcuspierce.com

A free social gathering for the unveiling of the mural will start at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the nature center, located behind the Idaho Department of Fish and Game headquarters, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise.

The mural is being painted at the largest and most popular underwater viewing area at the center. It's the place where you see large trout and other fish. It is also the display that gets chinook and kokanee salmon in the summer.

The event will go through 8 p.m., but the unveiling of the mural is expected around 6 p.m. Don't miss it.

Since Pierce was working most of the winter, the center's staff put up the shelter, for warmth and to dry the paint.

The artwork is a second phase in improvements at the lake display. The first phase was the enlargement of the windows. All the work is being paid for by donations. You can also follow progress on the MK Nature Center's Facebook page.

Staff said the fish didn't mind the cover. They could still see out the top of the lake.

Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445, Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors

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