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City Seeks New Airport Art and Old Boise Relics

Department of Arts and History issues calls to artists


Shining sheets of steel and glass dominate a walkway connecting the main terminal of the Boise Airport to its adjacent parking garage.

"There are great views of the Foothills, which I love but it's kind of a dreary bridge," said Karen Bubb, public arts manager for the Boise City Department of Arts and History.

To bring new life to the bridge, the department issued a call to artists to create unique public art for the walkway at a cost of $50,000.

Three artists or artist teams will be selected from the pool of applicants and paid $750 to prepare proposals for their ideas.

A second call for proposals has also been issued to replace a mural created by artist Geoffrey Krueger in the airport's ticketing area. According to Bubb, the piece was meant to last five years, but has remained on display for 11.

The new work, with a $30,000 budget, will celebrate Boise's 150th anniversary and can be submitted in any medium, Bubb said. The original piece will be scanned, printed and mounted, the same approach used to display Krueger's work.

"I'm hoping we have a lot of local applicants for that," said Bubb.

Art projects costing more than $25,000 require the city to use the DemandStar bid process, and to open the bids nationally. More information is available at the Department of Arts and History's website,

Speaking of history, do you have a slice of Boise's past that you wish could see the light of day? The Boise City Department of Arts and History invites you to submit your artifact to Boise 150, the city's sesquicentennial bash.

Family photos, antique signs, vintage postcards, relics from long-lost Boise buildings--any objects that speak to Boise's history--are invited for submission at the Boise 150 Sesqui-Shop, located at 1008 W. Main St.

The submissions will become a part of the monthlong exhibit called Collect Boise, which is one of many events and exhibits scheduled under the Boise 150 banner.

Participants need only fill out and send in a Collect Boise participation card, and then deliver the selected object to the Sesqui-Shop between Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29.

The exhibition will open Thursday, Jan. 3, and run through Saturday, Feb. 2. Participants are invited back Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, to retrieve their items.