by Andrew Crisp
Boise State University's new Micron Business and Economics Building, funded with a contribution from Boise-based Micron Technology, opened only months after the death of the company's CEO, Steve Appleton.
Now, less than a year after his death, the City of Boise has issued a call for artists to design a life-sized sculpture in his likeness that will stand in the building's newly renamed Appleton Courtyard.
“He was one of the busiest men in the world. Everyone would have understood if he had left his alma mater behind. But he was here for us,” said Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra during Appleton's Feb. 23 memorial ceremony at Boise State.
According to the city, the sculpture budget is $90,000. Artists nationwide are encouraged to apply, and applications will be reviewed by a selection panel in January 2013.
The timeline for the project includes a design process that will run through January or February 2013, approval by Micron Foundation and Boise State in March 2013, fabrication between April and September 2013, and installation and dedication by December 2013.
Once installed, the sculpture and courtyard will pay permanent tribute to Appleton. For details or to apply, visit the City of Boise Department of Arts and History website.