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After mosaic removal, Boise looks to add public art below Boise Depot

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In 2018, the City of Boise removed a large mosaic project installed in a traffic circle near the Boise Depot. At the time, the board of the Depot Bench Neighborhood Association said the city promised to work with it on a new replacement project.

Now, the city is looking for artists to design the project.

A request for qualifications looking for artists to design the project went out last month.

[High profile Vista Ave. art project still in the works – details & timeline]

It describes the overall vision and location for the potential artwork.

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“The artwork will be sited in a terraced, landscaped area along (Vista Ave.) which runs through the Depot Bench Neighborhood and between the Boise Airport, I-84, Boise State University, and the downtown core,” the RFQ notes. “The artwork seeks to highlight and celebrate the unique and iconic features of the Depot Bench Neighborhood. There is potential for a singular artwork, a pair for a sense of entryway or gateway or for a series that spans the entire area.”

Site of potential Depot Bench Neighborhood artwork. Via City of Boise.

The area identified for the installation surrounds the Union Pacific Railroad bridge across Vista Ave. near the depot. The RFQ earmarks space on both sides of the street as options for the project.

The RFQ period just closed, and the city says it intends to pick finalists this month. The artist selected would start a contract this fall, designing concepts and gaining approval by this winter. Fabrication could wrap up by spring with an installation target of next summer or fall.

The RFQ says the artist’s fee could range as high as $70,000. It notes the city will likely award the project to a single artist but says it could pick more than one applicant.

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