by Andrew Crisp
Shining sheets of steel and glass dominate a walkway connecting the main terminal of the Boise Airport to its adjacent parking garage.
"There are great views of the Foothills, which I love, but it's kind of a dreary bridge," said Karen Bubb, public arts manager for the Boise City Department of Arts and History.
It's also often the first visual greeting visitors to the airport come across. To bring new life to the bridge, the department issued a call to artists to create unique public art for the walkway at a cost of $50,000.
Three artists or artist teams will be selected from the pool of applicants and paid $750 to prepare proposals for their ideas.
A second request for proposals has been issued for the airport's ticketing area to replace a mural created by artist Geoffrey Krueger. According to Bubb, the piece was meant to last five years, but has remained on display for 11.
A new work costing $30,000 will celebrate Boise's 150th anniversary and can be submitted in any medium, she said. The original piece will be scanned, printed and mounted, the same approach used to display Kruger's work.
"I'm hoping we have a lot of local applicants for that," said Bubb.
Art projects costing more than $25,000 require the city to use the DemandStar bid process, and to open the bids nationally. 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.