An Art Tour of CTA's Offices in the Eighth and Main Tower

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One of eight Rutty paintings hanging in a hallway at the CTA offices. - HARRISON BERRY
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  • One of eight Rutty paintings hanging in a hallway at the CTA offices.

In this Wednesday's edition of Boise Weekly, readers will learn about the eight paintings by Cody Rutty hanging at the offices of CTA Architects on the eighth floor of the Eighth & Main Tower. On April 8, BW went on an art tour of those offices and learned how Rutty's are just a few works among many contributing to the offices' aesthetics.

According to company spokesman Joe Black, the workspace has been designed such that its designers and creatives will have plants or artworks always in view to promote an atmosphere of creativity and inspiration.

"Unscheduled collaboration is a big theme here," Black said. 

Rutty's works play an important part in that theme, hanging from the tower's exposed core which happens to be a boundary for a primary thoroughfare for CTA employees. Eight of his works will hang there for an as-yet-undetermined period, but the space has been dedicated as a showcase for works by local artists.

A ninth Rutty work has been commissioned for permanent installation in the CTA boardroom.

This Rutty painting was commissioned, and will hang permanently in the CTA boardroom. - HARRISON BERRY
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  • This Rutty painting was commissioned, and will hang permanently in the CTA boardroom.

The CTA offices are filled with art and plants, and Rutty's work makes up just a fraction of professional and amateur artworks there. Just around the corner from where Rutty's eight pieces hang is a row of photographs snapped by CTA's creatives during weekly "Photowalks"—safaris during which architects and designers snap photos and keep them as part of a growing cache of wall art regularly rotated onto the walls. 

Just down the hall is one of several screen prints by CTA employees. Across from a workroom where architects draw directly on the whiteboard surfaces of their height-adjustable desks and scribble plans for clients on the walls, a 12-panel work by CTA Interior Designer Randi Thomas and Architect Bryan Hallowell, "The Lions," which invokes the lion decor of the burned-down building that stood in the space now occupied by the Eight & Main Tower. (One of the original lions is on display in the tower's lobby.) A second screen print of emergency strobe lights by Hallowell has been applied directly to a meeting room wall, and incorporates an actual emergency strobe light.

"The Lions," by CTA Interior Designer Randi Thomas and Architect Bryan Hallowell. - HARRISON BERRY
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  • "The Lions," by CTA Interior Designer Randi Thomas and Architect Bryan Hallowell.