by Andrew Crisp
Plans for three Eco Art installations for downtown Boise will soon be presented by Karen Bubb, public arts manager with the Department of Arts and History, to City Council members.
Each project has a budget of $42,000, with concepts centering on the theme of the environment and sustainability. The goal is to bring those concepts into contact with the pedestrian areas of the Centre on the Grove and BODO.
Each design submitted highlights the relationship humans share with the environment, such as "Virgo" by Amy Westover with McKibben and Cooper, which calls attention to Idaho's agricultural awareness of seasonal cycles.
At the center of the project is the constellation Virgo, holding a palm frond in one hand and an ear of corn in the other. The stars of that constellation would be laid out across the plaza in front of Urban Outfitters, where Eighth and Front streets intersect.
"Heliotrope," is a proposal from Trout Architects working with artist Dwaine Carver, which would serve the intersection of Eighth and Main streets. The 16-foot-tall steel structure would resemble the skeletal backbone of a plant, and would provide shade on the street below.
That fixture could channel rain water into plants growing from the base of the structure, with real plant life creating the project's green focus.
Modus Architects and artists Margo and Dennis Proksa have submitted "Litharacnium," a fixture meant to highlight the microscopic zooplankton responsible for Earth's oxygen creation. The 20-foot-tall structure would be lit by solar-powered lights, with mock-ups suggesting a palm tree look.
Principal funding for the project comes from the Capital City Development Corporation, with Idaho GreenWorks and the Percent for Art program contributing the remaining funds.
Bubb will present the plans for approval or denial by council members when they meet on Tuesday, June 12.