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New artwork will climb up the wall of 5th & Front garage

Another artwork will soon tower over the streets of downtown Boise.

On Tuesday, Boise City Council approved a new public artwork on the side of the parking garage at the corner of Fifth and Front streets. The project, called “The Pale Blue Dot” will be paid for with $90,000 in funds from Boise’s urban renewal agency Capital City Development Corporation. 

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The artwork was created by Boise-based Studio Capacitor, which also completed the large sculptures on the new St. Luke’s Health System Children’s Pavilion and the large letters near Rhodes Skate Park. The work will be installed on the side of the CCDC-operated parking garage connected to the Home2Suites by Hilton.

The sculpture is slated for installation sometime during 2021. The piece, which features human figures scaling the wall of the garage to gather around a flat circle, was inspired by a photograph of the earth taken by the Voyager I spacecraft as it left our solar system. Scientist Carl Sagan made famous comments about the photograph and its greater significance about humanity in his 1994 book Pale Blue Dot.

Pale Blue Dot, photographed by Voyager I in 1990. Courtesy of NASA

According to Studio Capacitor’s website, the artwork reflects an optimistic view of society where people share resources and work together to solve problems.

“‘Pale Blue Dot’ explores an ideal world, in which humanity overcomes personal differences and challenges, changes their individual perspectives, and shares and enjoys the beauty and resources of the world with each other,” the artist statement said.

The artwork was selected by a community-based selection committee and the Boise Arts & History Commission in August 2020. Through the partnership with CCDC, Developer Clay Carley contracted with the artist and will own it after its completion. Carley’s development firm is in the process of entering a maintenance contract for it with the City of Boise.

Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at margaret@boisedev.com or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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