From sweeping arches to sweeping statements, Boiseans were inundated with artistic unveilings and lectures last week.
On Nov. 13, artist Byron Folwell unveiled a new public art piece, "Razor Sharp and Fast," at Idaho IceWorld. According to Boise Weekly's Andrew Crisp, the original work was formed of aluminum bent into sweeping arches, glass and more than 8,000 LED lights.
"Folwell said he chose to work the molecular structure of ice--a hexagon--into the colorful central node. His brother, Jeff Flitton, was tasked with writing a program to teach the myriad LEDs to flicker in formation, creating the effect of swooping color beams meeting in central intersection points," said Crisp.
Speaking of strange structures, Idaho State Historical Museum hosted a brown bag lecture Nov. 13 about a rare rammed-earth home, located just above Boise's Hill Road.
"Army veteran John Fairchild and his wife Marjorie, a local librarian, spent 20 years building the home following World War II," Crisp wrote. "John was a devoted tinkerer and after reading about rammed-earth construction in a magazine, he set to work building the family home using the process. ... The completed home was built without a single nail, and its landscaping features sandstone blocks John salvaged from the original Boise City Hall."
The following day, Nov. 14, Crisp swung by Boise Contemporary Theater for a presentation titled Arts Matter, hosted by the Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation.
Speakers included BCT Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark, Boise Philharmonic Music Director Robert Franz and Opera Idaho Executive Director Mark Junkert, among others.
"Following the speakers, artists engaged the audience with short performances," noted Crisp. "Representing the role the arts play in education, three high-school dancers performed 'Post Card,' a movement gleaned from their time spent with Balance Dance Company."
On Nov. 18, author Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, spoke animatedly to fans of all ages at Hailey's Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater. Handler is best known for his 13 novels, titled A Series of Unfortunate Events about the misadventures of the Baudelaire orphans.
"[Handler] said he misses the scorn he had as a child, something that prompted him to throw books at the wall when they dissatisfied him, seemed too moralistic or when nothing interesting happened," wrote BW freelancer Matt Furber. "In fact, Handler keeps a picture frame on his desk with the saying 'remember to brood,' a reminder that has served him well by all accounts."
After a question-and-answer session, the enthusiastic crowd lined up for a book signing.
"Handler put a library stamp in each book, then signed and dated as if he was the librarian," said Furber. "'To Sam with admiration and dread,' Handler wrote in one boy's book."