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Boise River Sculpture Damaged in Car Accident 

click to enlarge CITY OF BOISE DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND HISTORY
  • City of Boise Department of Arts and History


Only a few months after a nearly two-year long face-lift on the River Sculpture—one of the highest profile works of public art in Idaho—was complete, the sculpture was damaged by a car accident.

Boise Police report that in the early morning hours of March 20, a vehicle driving westbound on Front Street ran a red light and slammed into a taxi heading northbound on Capitol Boulevard. After hitting the taxi, the vehicle slammed into the River Sculpture in front of the Grove Hotel at Capitol and Front. Police said the driver of the vehicle, who was not intoxicated, was cited for failing to obey a traffic signal. The driver was not seriously injured.

The City of Boise Department of Arts and History, which oversaw the overhaul, will be handling the new repairs.

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  • Boise Police Department
Below is a list of some of the recent improvements to the River Sculpture:
  • Installation of 140,000 one-inch glass tiles, resistant to fading, peeling or corrosion, which can be easily repaired or replaced as needed;
  • Replacement of the original neon components with LED lights, rated at 50,000 hours, which lowers the sculpture’s energy consumption;
  • Installation of a reverse osmosis water filtration system to remove damaging effects of water deposits on the sculpture;
  • Wall surface upgrades;
  • At least 90 percent of the existing granite slabs cleaned, retooled and reused; 
  • Restored cast glass “gems”; and
  • Fabrication of a reinforced hardware system for visual materials such as lights, granite and gems.

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