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Boise Wants Your Opinion On New Public Art Proposals

Boise is preparing to get some new art at City Hall. A panel of city officials has selected three sculpture projects, and now it’s the public’s turn to comment. Boise residents have until May 28 to make their opinion known about the $200,000 project.

Karen Bubb is the public arts manager at the Department of Arts and History. She says one of the three sculptures will replace the fountain and flag poles in front of city hall next year.

“We did have five local applicants, but the project is a $200,000 budget and we’re looking for an iconic significantly sized sculpture," says Bubb. "Artists had to have experience doing work that was in that budget range or had iconography that was strong. And the five artists who applied from Boise had not done works at that scale.”

Bubb says the three proposals are from artists in Atlanta, Houston and Wisconsin.

One proposal features arching steel bands, an abstract bird nest that swirls overhead. Another uses reflective and multi-colored aluminum to form an amoeba-like sphere. The third takes inspiration from the City of Trees and the Gem State to create a steel tree structure.

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