Borah Park's 36-year-old public pool has received a facelift. As part of a public art project, local artist Elizabeth Wolf, with some Borah High art students and neighborhood representatives on hand to lend one, directed the painting of a new mural on the pool's building. The concept is a large-scale ensemble of swimmers in a body of water, with city residents' countenances used as references for the swimmers. Representations of mascots from nearby schools (including Borah High School, Bishop Kelly High School, West Junior High and McKinley, Jackson and Hillcrest elementary schools) are supposed to be bobbing in the swells as well.
As summer fast approaches, it's a good time to go down to Borah Pool and check out the results of this latest public beautification project. The $1,835 bill for the project was footed by Boise City's Percent-for-Art program (a 2001 city ordinance committing up to 1.4 percent of eligible municipal capital projects to public art).
Elizabeth Wolf has been a working illustrator for 23 years and a Boisean for nearly a decade. She has created posters locally for Boise Contemporary Theater and Log Cabin Bookfest, as well as illustrations for the Boise Philharmonic, Fundsy, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. Perhaps her most widely seen piece of public art has been the enormous terrazzo regional floor map at the Boise Airport (at the behest of the Boise City Arts Commission).
Borah Park, 801 S. Aurora Dr.