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New mural along Connector, Greenbelt dresses up large unsightly wall

A large new mural dressed up a concrete wall along the I-184 Connector and Boise Greenbelt.

The wall sits on Garden St., at the base of the Central Rim Neighborhood, along a Boise River Greenbelt connection that swings up the hill to the neighborhood. The route used to be a railroad spur and saw changes in the late 1980s and early 1990s when the Broadway-Chinden Connector project revamped the freeway in the area.

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The sloped concrete wall was a bit of an eyesore before – with weeds sprouting out between the cracks and a patchwork of mismatched paint covering various incidents of vandalism over the years.

The Central Rim Neighborhood Association launched a fundraiser to spruce up the wall and add the large-scale mural. Boise artist collective Sector Seventeen led the mural project with its signature street art-style look.

How the wall looked before. Via Google Earth
How the wall looks now. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

“The wall can be seen from the Connector both inbound/outbound of downtown Boise and by bikers, walkers, joggers, etc. that are accessing the Greenbelt via Garden Street,” project organizers wrote on GoFundMe. “We believe this space makes a great canvas for local art! Our friends at Sector Seventeen have graciously agreed to design and paint this forgotten wall once and for all. Your donation will help to change the face of Boise!”

The mural follows the checkerboard pattern of the wall with bright greens, large flowers closer to the ground and the Greenbelt. A few giant bees float above the floral canopy.

Funding came from Together Treasure Valley, Arts Idaho, and dozens of supporters who pitched in on the GoFundMe campaign.

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Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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