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City of Boise looks at proposals for art in new round abouts

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The 30th Street Roundabout Art Project has rounded a corner.

In June, Boise Weekly reported that an art installation was set to accompany the construction of a roundabout at Whitewater Park Boulevard. Now, the city of Boise is accepting public input on the proposals for the art that will adorn the structure.

The three pieces being considered went on display at Jerry's Market, located at 819 N. 27th St., Monday, Sept. 16-Wednesday, Sept. 18, and are also set to go on display at Bee Wise Goods (3019 W. State St.) Thursday, Sept.19-Saturday, Sept. 21, and at Idaho River Sports (3100 W. Pleasanton Ave.) Sunday, Sept. 22-Tuesday, Sept. 24.

The public is invited to view the proposals and fill out comment forms to help the city determine which it will install.

Pieces being considered were created by Dirk Anderson, Ben McCall and Reham Aarti, and Blackrock Forge.

Funded by the Mayor's Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant program, the roundabout project is intended as an entrance to the still-in-development Esther Simplot Park.

"[The artwork] will be designed for people, not cars," Veteran's Park Neighborhood Association Chair Erin Sorenson told BW in June.

In other public art news, a mosaic wall by artist and journalist Anna Webb is set to be dedicated at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, in front of the refurbished Biomark warehouse at the corner of Ninth and River streets. Titled "Botanica," the installation is described as "a contemporary interpretation inspired by the palette and motifs of classical Roman mosaics."

Featuring twisting vines set against a backdrop of multi-colored tiles, Webb's work "is a nod to the industrial nature" of the Biomark site and paired with a nearby traffic box, also designed by Webb in mosaic style.

The project was paid for with $18,000 from Capital City Development Corporation.

Webb is also working with fellow artist Reham Aarti on another public art installation in the roundabout by the Boise Depot.

That project, also being paid for with $30,500 Mayor's Neighborhood Reinvestment grant and championed by the Depot Bench Neighborhood Association and the city's Visual Arts Advisory Committee, will be an art deco-inspired mosaic compass featuring trees representing the four seasons.

According to a project description from the Boise Department of Arts and History, the Depot roundabout installation will help "slow traffic and provide a beautiful neighborhood amenity."