Walking to lunch last week, downtown pedestrians might have smelled the fumes of spray paint coming from the Grove Plaza. What was once a wide, brick-laid walkway has shrunk to a smaller concrete and wooden tunnel as construction on the new City Center Plaza continues.
To make the long stretch of white plywood barrier between the walkway and construction zone a little more palatable, the Gardner Company commissioned local graffiti artist group Sector Seventeen to create a mural to spruce up the 200-foot-long corridor.
The artists spent three weeks painting Boise's cityscape and installed the finished murals last week. Now, you can watch a time lapse video showing Sector Seventeen's progress in four minutes. The time lapse, set to "Kaleidoscope (Kaytranada's Flip)" by Treefort 2015 artist BadBadNotGood, records artists transforming a white sheet of wood into lines of scaffolding, creating detailed renderings of Boise's skyline in shades of black and white, and touches of gray.
The mural includes finished designs for the City Center Plaza, complete with two new nine-story and five-story buildings. The time-lapse then shows the artists installing the murals and adding a splash of color to the white walkway.
"We hope that in making the covered walkway a more attractive and inviting space, we can help mitigate some of the impact of the construction," Gardner Company's COO Tommy Ahlquist said in a news release.
Construction for the City Center Plaza is slated to last through the fall of 2016.