Boise will restart City Hall public art process

Three proposals that were submitted for the outdoor plaza have been scrapped.

cmsewell@idahostatesman.comJune 14, 2013 

When the city of Boise launched a nationwide search for artists qualified to create a $200,000, large-scale outdoor sculpture for the plaza in front of City Hall, no Idaho artists made the cut.

A selection committee comprising city and community representatives selected three artists from Georgia, Texas and Wisconsin out of the 54 who applied. The city brought each artist to town to see the site and then create a site-specific proposal, putting the results on display in City Hall last month. The selection committee was to make a final selection this month.

Instead, the committee rejected all three proposals because it "felt the proposals didn't capture the appropriate spirit for this important gathering area," according to a statement from Boise's Department of Art and History, which facilitates the city's public art projects.

Now the process starts over - only this time, instead of seeking qualified artists first and then asking each for a specific proposal, the city is asking artists to submit site-specific proposals up front.

Boise officials are still putting together the details, including an application schedule and a workshop for interested artists to receive information on what the city is looking for in the project. The city's public art manager, Karen Bubb, was not available for comment Thursday.

The city is paying for half of the project. The other half comes from the city's urban renewal agency, Capital City Development Corp.

Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell

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