Thursday, June 19, 2014

Heliotrope Finds New (Temporary) Home—on Its Side in an Empty Lot on Fairview Avenue

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 3:11 PM

click to enlarge "Heliotrope" was found lying on its side in an empty lot located at the corner of 24th Street and Fairview Avenue. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • "Heliotrope" was found lying on its side in an empty lot located at the corner of 24th Street and Fairview Avenue.

Early last week, Boise Weekly reported that downtown public art piece "Heliotrope" was being dug out from its high-profile location at the intersection of Eighth and Main streets to make way for the Gardner Company's plans to build the City Center Plaza and multi-modal transit facility on the spot. Soon after, the 16-foot-tall, $42,000 metal and plant sculpture, by architect and artist Dwaine Carver, vanished to an undisclosed location.

Well, we found it—on its side in an empty lot at the corner of 24th Street and Fairview Avenue, set back away from the road. 

Carver told BW that he'd moved the sculpture from its prominent downtown home to its present one himself, and chose to put "Heliotrope" on its side for liability reasons. 

"It would easily stand up under any number of circumstances; it's a very stable structure. However, if some folks were to take it upon themselves to jump that fence and climb it without it being significantly attached to a footing, then it would be maybe three or four guys climbing up its cantilever would be able to topple it," Carver said.

The city of Boise is currently negotiating with a landowner to find a permanent home for the sculpture, and Carver said he doesn't anticipate the sculpture staying in its present location for more than two months. 

"If it were a really long time frame, I certainly wouldn't be temporarily storing it out in the open that way. I'm confident that it's going to be installed in its new home within 60 days," he said.

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