The Boise City Department of Arts & History announced in a press release that Jason Keeble from Trademark has been selected to paint a first-of-its-kind mural on the surface of the intersection at Eighth and Fulton streets. The installation will take place during the days of Aug. 15 to 17, and will require a temporary closure of the intersection.
The mural will be painted directly on the roadway surface and will feature "a vibrant and colorful geometric pattern of blues and greens. The design will serve as a pulse point along the Eighth Street corridor and hopes to offer a multitude of perspectives to passersby," according to the release. The artwork is part of the Capital City Development Corporation’s South Eighth Street District: Cultural Strategies for Placemaking and Activation plan.
“The mural at Eiighth and Fulton is a chance to combine my love for painting and creating art in a public setting,” Keeble said. “It is an opportunity to enhance the human experience while instilling a sense of place for this tucked away block in the heart of the city.”
In December 2016, Ada County Highway District gave the City of Boise permission to conduct a pilot project to paint intersections as a temporary public art project that enhances the sense of place and engages community. As a first-of-its-kind public art project in Ada County, the mural will serve as an experiment with the intent of developing a program model for other possible intersection murals across the city. The city will run the process from installation to removal for a period of one year, during which data will be collected to gauge the impact of the artwork on both pedestrian and vehicular traffic, material longevity and durability, and process for implementation and removal.
Keeble was selected through a competitive call to artists process in April 2017. The artist will be provided a total project budget of $9,000 to cover design, materials, labor, permitting and traffic control coordination. Keeble is co-owner of Trademark located in the Lusk District in Boise.
This project is made possible through collaboration with ACHD and funding support from CCDC.
The Department of Arts & History’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy, education, services and support for Arts and History to enhance the community’s quality of life. "Our vision is to make Boise the most livable city in the country because it ensures that people have access to art and history and the opportunity to experience Boise through a variety of cultural offerings." For more information: www.boiseartsandhistory.org.