Vote For New Linen District Sculpture 

Plus Sun Valley Center for the Arts announces lecture series

If you've strolled past the metal fence stretching between the Linen Building and Big City Coffee, you've seen a rotating selection of eye-catching local art. These temporary installations, funded by Capital City Development Corporation, have gone a long way in adding artistic flair to the industrial area. Now The Linen District is seeking something more permanent.

A panel has chosen Eileen Gay of Reno, Nev., Joshua Wiener of Boulder, Colo., and Brown and Cole of San Francisco to create proposals for a sculptural installation. The public is invited to vote on their favorite.

Gay's proposal involves installing two oversized "bookend" sculptures: "In honor of the district's signature historic anchor of the American Linen Supply Company building, I propose creating a whimsically oversize antique style iron resting upright upon a freshly pressed, white stack of linens."

Wiener's proposal is more abstract: "This sculpture is based on creativity being a light. I wanted to create a work of art that was a beacon for what is happening in the Linen Arts District."

Finally artist team Brown and Cole plan to "build a trio of whimsical bicycles that when ridden, activate and play mechanical instruments contained within the columns to which the bikes are attached."

You can view the proposals online at They will also be on display at The Modern Hotel from Wednesday, Aug. 24, to Monday, Aug. 29, and the Boise City Hall lobby from Tuesday, Aug. 30, through Tuesday, Sept. 6.

For more information, contact city Public Arts Manager Karen Bubb at 208-433-5677 or email

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts recently announced the big-name speakers for their 2011-2012 lecture series. Author Jonathan Franzen, who penned the novels The Corrections and Freedom, will read on Sunday, Oct. 9. Newberry Medal-winner Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, will speak on Thursday, Nov. 3. Non-fiction writer Gretel Ehrlich will speak on Thursday, Jan. 5. Photojournalist James Balog will appear on Thursday, Jan. 19. Reza Aslan, author of No God But God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam, will speak on Thursday, Feb. 23. And Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor (see Picks, Page 19) will close out the season on Monday, March 5.

Series tickets go on sale Thursday, Aug. 25, and are $115 for SVCA members, $170 for nonmembers. Individual tickets go on sale to members on Thursday, Sept. 1, and to nonmembers on Friday, Sept. 9. Prices range from $15 to $40.

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