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Concrete Stain to Color Boise Street Mural

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Work has begun on Idaho’s first on-street mural, a splash of colorful geometry located in downtown Boise’s Cultural District, at an intersection in one of the city’s most creative areas.

Mural artist Jason Keeble, who has worked on other public and private art pieces, commandeered the intersection Wednesday (Aug. 15); the intersection will remain closed until Aug. 17.

On-Street Mural

The mural, painted with vivid greens and blues, is evocative of the nature to be found in and around Boise. “The trees, the sky, the water and the trees again,” Keeble told the Idaho Statesman. “It’s all right here.”

The Boise Department of Arts and History is working with Capital City Development Corporation, as well as collaborating with the Ada County Highway District, on the $8,000 project, to see how it engages the community. The mural, an experimental work, is set to remain in place for one year, though the wear and tear automotive traffic will inflict has yet to be seen.

Planning for the mural was also more involved than the artist anticipated: Meeting federal highway standards was challenging, and the paint used had to be non-reflective, as well as being approved by the ACHD. Keeble noted he had to stay away from reds and yellows—anything that could make people think the mural was a directional marking.

In the end, he chose a heavy water-based concrete stain from Sherwin-Williams instead of an oil-based paint because of drying time.

“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 2016, Ada County Highway District granted permission to the City of Boise to conduct the pilot project.

While the on-street mural may be a first for Idaho, a handful of other places in the country also boast their own road artwork: Just last month, on New York City’s Doyers Street, artist Chen Dongfan painted a 200-foot-long mural.



Tagged categories: Concrete stains; Murals; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Sherwin-Williams

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