Boise WaterShed is an interactive, environmental education center to be built later this year at the West Boise Wastewater Treatment Center. The center's mission is to inform the public about Boise City environmental services and promote shared responsibility for use and protection of natural resources. Boise WaterShed will feature hands-on learning experiences such as exhibits about the watershed and Boise's wastewater treatment history, a cycle-of-water exhibit, interactive computers, a participatory lab facility and a theater for presenting educational videos and lectures.
Also innovative is the incorporation of public art into the facility. Boise City Arts Commission recently sent out a call for artists to create architecturally integrated artworks such as floors, walls, tiles, sinks, countertops, windows, stairs, railings and doorways.
Sixteen regional artists applied for the project, and a selection panel chose seven finalists: Elizabeth Wolf, Boise; Chris Schofield, Boise; Amy Westover, Boise; Janine Miller-Fritz and Reham Aarti Jacobsen, Boise; Cathy Sher, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho; Norman Courtney, Seattle; and Patrick Zentz, Lauren, Montana.
Artists proposals are on view through February 14 at University of Idaho's Integrated Lab Design at 108 N. 6th St.
Boise citizens are encouraged to view the public art proposals and offer written comments. The public's comments will be considered during final selection of one or more proposed projects.
The selection panel consists of Elaine Clegg, Boise City Council; Chuck Mickelson, Public Works Director; John Tensen, Public Works Engineer; Laila Maqbool, Public Works Commissioner; Robyn Salathe, Boise City Arts Commissioner; Dwaine Carver, artist; Stan Cole, architect; Joe Gordon, Boise Public Schools; and Kent Johnson, Public Works Engineer.
Eighty thousand dollars is currently allocated for public art at Boise WaterShed.
Funds for this project come from the City of Boise's Percent for Public Arts ordinance. Enacted in 2001 by the Boise City Council and Mayor, the ordinance commits 1.4 percent of eligible municipal capital projects for public art.
For more information on this or other public art projects, contact Karen Bubb, Public Arts Manager, 433-5677.