Once again, local artists have failed to come up to the standards for public art that appeal to Boise’s art selection committee. At issue is what to put in front of City Hall as part of the remodel.
A city panel chose Volkan Alkanoglu from Atlanta; a team of artists called Actual Size from Stoughton, Wis.; and Metalab, a team from Houston. There were 54 applicants for the $200,000 project.
Each will create a site-specific proposal for an art piece to decorate the front of City Hall on Capitol Boulevard. Those proposals will be on view at City Hall and on the city’s website beginning May 11. The public will have two weeks to comment.
The selection panel chose applicants whose work will address the importance of the City Hall site and Boise’s urban environment – but in different ways, said Karen Bubb, city public art manager. The artists will come to Boise to learn in a few days what is important in Boise.
We find it sad the lack of local pride and confidence in what our community has to offer. On one hand we tout TREE FORT music and compare it to Austin, Texas, but on the other hand we cannot find a single visual artist worthy of being displayed at City Hall.
Just 14 months ago the GUARDIAN wrote of a similar circumstance.
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