Some downtown lamp posts have a new, billowing decoration thanks to a project by the Boise City Department of Arts and History.
“The flags contain images from our Boise Visual Chronicle collection, which is the city's art collection about Boise by Idaho artists,” explained Terri Schorzman, department director.
The Boise Visual Chronicle is an ongoing project started by the city in 1996. Two times a year, pieces are chosen to be featured in the Chronicle. Thirty of this year’s pieces were recently featured in an exhibit at the Idaho Capitol, which ended May 27.
If you missed the exhibit, you can also see the work scattered around downtown Boise hanging from lamp posts. The department created 100 flags to be put in different locations. Schorzman said the flags are put up by the Downtown Boise Association, when they have the space.
“[They] take them down when they need pole space for things like Exergy. Then they will put them up again,” explained Schorzman.
She said the flags offer a great opportunity for people who wouldn’t normally go to a gallery to see some local artwork.
“There are so many fabulous images and interpretations of Boise in the collection that we want people to see them and know about the collection,” she added.