Boise's 'River' Sculpture Completion Delayed Until Summer

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The concrete wall will sit as is until the spring. - KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
  • The concrete wall will sit as is until the spring.

Over the course of the fall, workers dismantled the 52-foot-tall river sculpture on the Grove Hotel, facing the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Front Street, in order to repair it. 

This is how the sculpture will look for the next several months. - JESSICA MURRI
  • Jessica Murri
  • This is how the sculpture will look for the next several months.
"It's a bit like leaving your car outside and never moving it; sun, heat, wind, snow, rain take their toll," Terri Schorzman, director of the Boise City Department of Arts and History, told Boise Weekly back in October. "That kind of punishment usually gives you about six years before you need serious maintenance. We pushed it to 14."

But the extreme cold temperatures and impressive amount of snow the valley received last week has halted progress on the renovation. According to a news release from the Boise Department of Arts and History, the sculpture components—the granite and the river bubbles—are in storage.

The project was originally to be completed by January 2015, but now it's projected to be June 2015. Off-site work will continue on the granite, the electrical and the water system. Scaffolding will be removed and pedestrian access will be restored.

To learn more about the river sculpture's facelift, read our report from Oct. 22 here.