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Sidney lost his niche: long-standing Downtown art piece removed

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Another piece of art along 8th Street in Boise has been removed – this time one that has stood for nearly three decades.

Boise City Arts & History says Sidney’s Niche has been taken off of the side of the escalator as part of the remodel of the former Capitol Terrace into Main + Marketplace.

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The art piece shows a mouse, named Sidney, running the gears that make the escalator go. The art installation by Rick Thomson was put up in 1992.

“Hawkins Companies LLC requested the removal of this beloved artwork based upon the extensive remodel that is underway at Main + Marketplace,” Arts & History wrote on Facebook. We will be storing the panels in our workshop and considering next steps.”

The art piece will not return to Main + Marketplace but could be placed elsewhere.

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Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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