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Vista Avenue is getting new public art sculptures. You can provide feedback on the designs.

Vista Avenue Medians public art Proposal 1

Boise City Council chose Berkeley, California, based Ride Art Studio's whimsical kinetic tree-sculptures for the Vista Avenue median public art installation on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
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Boise City Council chose Berkeley, California, based Ride Art Studio's whimsical kinetic tree-sculptures for the Vista Avenue median public art installation on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The city wants to liven up the corridor from the airport to downtown Boise with the installation of new public art - and you can provide feedback on the three finalists.

The city wants to know what you think about the art in its public comment period that will end at 5 p.m. July 12. Three artists, who are unnamed through the selection process, have provided proposals for sculptures. (To comment, fill in the gray form at the bottom of this project page).

Each artist was paid a $1,000 for their proposals. The winner will receive $147,000 for the design, fabrication and installation of the work on the site. The City of Boise will hire a separate, Public Works licensed contractor to engineer the design and manage traffic control and installation of the artwork. This project is funded equally by a Community Development Block Grant and a Together Treasure Valley grant, a community partnership between the Idaho Statesman and area businesses.

The idea for the neighborhood project came out of the development of Boise's Cultural Plan, that led to an ongoing conversation with community groups, artists, neighborhood associations, businesses and anyone who is interested in being part of Boise’s cultural future.

This is the first of several planned neighborhood art projects:

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“Transitions” kinetic wind sculptures, is one of three proposed public art installations for the Vista Avenue gateway corridor. This view shows how the sculptures would be placed within the median. Boise Department of Arts and History

Proposal 1: "Transitions"

Inspired by Boise's City of Trees moniker, the artists propose whimsical kinetic sculptures that represent trees, one for each season. There will be two sets of each on the designated Vista Avenue medians to tie that stretch street together, both conceptually and visually.

The sculptures will move in the breeze and are "intended to attract motorists’ and pedestrians’ attention from a distance and produce a momentary 'wow' reaction of enjoyment and curiosity," the artists' statement says.

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“Valley Gates” is one of three proposed public art installations for the Vista Avenue gateway corridor. It references the Vista Neighborhood’s history and the area’s topography. Boise Department of Arts and History

Proposal 2: "Valley Gates"

"Valley Gates" references Idaho's topography and the Vista Neighborhood's history in connection with the railroad and the Boise Depot. "Train Depots were the original gateways into cities," the artist statement says.

The arrangement of steel tubes are patterned after the cow catcher on a locomotive and are arranged to represent surrounding landscape of mountains, foothills and plateaus.

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“Elysian Currents” is one of three proposed public art installations for the Vista Avenue gateway corridor. It’s a series of eight site-specific sculptures that represent the wind and moving water of the Boise River. Boise Department of Arts and History


Proposal No. 3 "Elysian Currents"

This artwork draws on Boise's connection to the river through an organic and fluid design that references wind and moving water. Each piece is designed to provoke the feeling of movement while creating a dynamic visual effect for the viewer.

"The purpose of this series is to provide a sense of place and identity for the Vista Neighborhood’s residents while functioning as a bright and welcoming gateway that celebrates the key arrival point into the city from the airport," the artist statement says.

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