Conservationist Mural Dedicated at Local Elementary and Community Center

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A new mural was dedicated at Morley Nelson Elementary and Community Center today. The mural, painted by Boise artist Marcus Pierce, features conservationist Morley Nelson, Birds of Prey and the Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area.

Planning for the mural first began in June 2009. Pierce spent three months painting the piece.

“The mural is largely about vision between species—how humans see and how other species see,” Pierce said. “For me, I’ve always been interested in the relationship between humans and other animals, especially animals who possess super-human abilities.”

Funding for the mural was provided by the City’s Percent-for-Art Program.

“To identify locations for potential pieces of art we look at locations that are currently underserved by art,” said Karen Bubb, Public Arts Manager for the Boise City Department of Arts and History. “This particular location was chosen because we have not done any projects at a community center before.”

Pierce hopes the mural inspires its young viewers to have a vision for a better world.

“I want to inspire them to make a change in a positive way, just as Morley Nelson did,” Pierce said.

Morley Nelson, who is known as the most influential raptor conservationist in the Western United States, was instrumental in establishing the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area and the World Center for Birds of Prey, both in Idaho.

“I have been so impressed by the work Marcus has done,” Bubb said. “Not only on an artistic level, but also its ability to tell the story of Morley the man. The mural is so much about the vision of Morley Nelson and the vision of the Birds of Prey. I hope it ill be an inspiration to young viewers and users of the community center, and secondly that will it be an educational piece for people to learn about vision and the vision of Morley Nelson.”

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