A brand new art project in Downtown Boise is already in bad shape.

Sign company Trademark and artist Jason Keeble painted the intersection of 8th St. and Fulton St. in Boise in August – transforming the center of the intersection from plain concrete gray to a colorful array of blues and greens painted to look like bricks.

Boise City Arts & History Department described the project as an experiment, but the test isn’t holding up.

“Our public art team met with the artist this afternoon to inspect the damage, which is seemingly caused by the recent rain,” arts & history executive director Terri Schorzman said. 

The paint treatment is flaking off the ground surface, particularly on the corners of the treatment where vehicle and bicycle tires meet the road.

Paint is flaking off across all portions of the mural. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

“We’re finding many variables are affecting the life of the project,” Schorzman said. “These include, surface material, paint material, primer, surface prep, etc.”

Money for the project came from the Capital City Development Corporation, and the two agencies worked with the Ada County Highway District which owns and controls the roadbed

Arts & History hoped to leave the mural in place for a year and reevaluate, but the project isn’t holding up well enough for that.

“At this point we’ll seek direction from ACHD as how they’d like to handle it,” she said. “Costs associated with removal will be identified soon.”

Flecks of paint dot the ground near the mural. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

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