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‘Water Chute’ sculpture is up on Boise’s Whitewater Park Boulevard

Dirk Anderson Sr.’s “Water Chute” cast aluminum sculpture now stands at the center of the roundabout at Whitewater Boulevard at Stewart Street.
Dirk Anderson Sr.’s “Water Chute” cast aluminum sculpture now stands at the center of the roundabout at Whitewater Boulevard at Stewart Street. doland@idahostatesman.com

The public art piece designed by Idaho City artist Dirk Anderson, Sr., is now installed in the roundabout on the newly created Whitewater Boulevard in the Veterans Park Neighborhood.

Its swirling cast-aluminum scrolled tubes represent the waves and currents of water, referencing the nearby Boise River Park and its whitewater wave shapers, where water sports enthusiasts kayak and surf.

The neighborhood association received a grant from the Mayor’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program to commission the artwork. Anderson’s piece was picked from three proposals through a process that included a public comment period public comment process back in 2013.

Anderson shares a metal working studio with his son where the two collaborate on projects, such as making tap handles for Boise Brewing.

Landscaping starts next week and the roundabout should be complete by mid April. Right now this is the only public art piece, but as the area develops look for more public art at Esther Simplot Park and future city projects.

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