Eighth & Main exterior finished

Workers have installed tenant signs and put the finishing touches on the building’s spire

sberg@idahostatesman.comJanuary 21, 2014 

Several tenants are either moving to the Eighth & Main building this week or customizing space they’ll rent from the Gardner Co., the owner.

Irene Deely, a Garden City artist who’s known as the “Woman of Steel,” melted rebar from the “Boise Hole” — the lot where the Eighth & Main building now stands — to make a sculpture, which she named “Cycles.”

The bottom of the statue features an acrylic lion’s head that recalls dozens of lion’s heads at the top of the Eastman Building, Eighth & Main’s predecessor, which burned in 1987.

A steel feature in the shape of a phoenix sits atop the sculpture, representing the building’s rebirth.

The building’s spire was originally painted white, but Gardner repainted its first two levels after complaints that the spire evoked a Mormon temple.

Gardner also installed LED lights to illuminate the top level. The color of the lights will change to mark certain occasions. For example, it might be red for Valentine’s Day or green for St. Patrick’s Day, said Tommy Ahlquist, Gardner’s chief operating officer.

Gardner plans a grand opening party for the building, Idaho’s tallest, on Saturday, Feb. 15. The Goo Goo Dolls are scheduled to be the headline act. He will also host several private parties leading up to that event.

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