Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Boise 'Heliotrope' Finds New Home ... in BoDo

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 1:52 PM

'Heliotrope' at its original location on the corner of Eighth and Main streets. - KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
  • 'Heliotrope' at its original location on the corner of Eighth and Main streets.

Heliotrope, the $42,000 public art work by Dwaine Carver and Trout Architects that was uprooted by construction on the City Center Plaza and spent weeks on its side in an empty lot at the corner of Fairview Avenue and 24th Street, has a new home.

July 22, the Boise City Council was set to approve Heliotrope's transplantation to Eighth and Front streets. That's also the location of Amy Westover and architecture firm McKibben and Cooper's Virgo, and almost exactly a block away from Litharacnium. The three works are part of the public art series Eco Art on Eighth, which pairs local artists with architecture firms to produce ecologically inspired works.

The budget for removing, storing and relocating Heliotrope is $18,000. That budget is being shared by Capital City Development Corporation and City of Boise. The piece is expected to be fully installed by the end of August.

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