City Seeks Sculpture Proposals for Boise City Hall Plaza

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Inside Boise City Hall, crews are working to renovate the building and get it up to code. As part of that project, the Boise City Department of Arts and History has issued a new call to artists for a project to spruce up the expansive brick-paved plaza outside.

In May, Boise Weekly shared the city's proposals to replace the plaza's blue-tiled fountain, which has occupied the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Idaho Street since 1990. City Public Arts Manager Karen Bubb said the fountain aspect of the call, which requires expensive infrastructure below the pavement, limited the number of applications received.

"We were not able to come to agreement on one that was appropriate for that site," said Bubb. "I think really focusing the investment on the art and not trying to do a fountain, it’ll allow us to really focus on the artwork."

The new call focuses on finding an artist to create an original sculpture for the plaza, which has a $200,000 budget, half of which comes from the City of Boise and the other half from Capital City Development Corporation.

"We’re looking for something that’s going to be an iconic piece, that’s a significant scale, that will represent the city in some way," said Bubb.

The open invitation is extended to applicants living in the United States, and three artists or artist teams will be selected and paid $2,000 to present their proposal designs. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at 1 p.m.

Art projects costing more than $25,000 require the city to use the DemandStar bid process. Artists are asked to register for the service here. Once registered, they should go to cityofboise.org/purchasing and click on the RFP/RFQ/Bids link.

More information is available at the Department of Arts and History's website.

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