by Andrew Crisp
The City of Boise Department of Arts and History is recommending returning a longtime fixture at City Hall to its creator, Dana Boussard.
Commissioned in 1978, the cloth installation "Through the Cottonwoods, One Could See the Games Being Played," was damaged during the 30 years it hung in the City Council chambers, according to a memo written by Public Arts Manager Karen Bubb.
The 9-foot by 60-foot fabric piece sustained damage from a series of heater vents and direct light from nearby overhead lights, which contributed to discoloration. Furthermore, a broken pipe or fire sprinklers damaged the piece heavily in 1995. The city clerk's chair also rubbed the mural.
Bubb wrote that 50 inches of fabric along the right side, and 40 inches of fabric on the left side sustained moderate to extensive damage. She also cited insufficient supports from which the work was originally hung.
"Through the Cottonwoods" has been removed and placed in storage because of its size. Because of City Hall renovations, the chambers lack sufficient wall space to accommodate the work. Costs for repairing the piece are estimated at $25,000.
Bubb will recommend to the council that the work be "de-accessioned," or returned to the artist, when the council meets on Tuesday, June 12.