Public Art

The Boise WaterShed’s messages are emulated through the captivating works of art in and around the center. In 2001, the Boise City Council and Mayor passed a landmark "Percent-for-Arts" ordinance, committing up to 1.4% of eligible municipal capital projects for public art. Through this fund, local, regional, and national artists have captured iconic and symbolic messages about our watershed. View the video to see the story behind the artwork and how each piece is integral to the Boise WaterShed's mission.

The following works of art are featured at the Boise WaterShed:

H2O from Zero to 1 Million
By Diane Ronayne

Diane Ronayne Water Steam PicThese photographic images and words convey the artist's response to our impact on the water cycle and to the population growth in the Treasure Valley — expected to reach 1 million in 2030 — that has generated the need for water treatment.

 

 

 

 

 


Waters Past
By Amy Westover

Westover Exterior Concrete Wall

The exterior concrete wall on the Education Center building becomes a receptive surface itself recording the lines or rings left around a reservoir and drawing visitors’ attention to the presence or absence of water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Confluence
By Amy Westover

Pipe Fountain by Amy Westover

The use of old pipes from the wastewater treatment plant junkyard take on a new life by delivering water for drinking and washing. They stand as a reminder to the vast infrastructure of pipes that connect our city while shedding light on the importance of recycling and reuse.

 

 

 

 


EnviroGuard Pipe Tree
By Irene Deeley

EnviroGuard Pipe Tree by Ilene Deeley

The Pipe Tree honors past and future recipients of the EnviroGuard Environmental Protection Award. The branches of this 14-foot tall pipe tree terminate with water faucets to represent our individual responsibility for conservation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Wind Translator
By Patrick Zentz
Wind Translator

Three exterior windmill sculptures read and translate wind direction into electronic data. The data is then used to activate acoustic instruments that are hanging as a chandelier in the Gallery.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Windows into Wet Land
By Amy Westover

Windows Into Wetland


The Gallery glass windows look at our watershed through satellite infrared photography that maps how water is used on the land. Changing the colors and depicting neighborhoods, farmland and the Boise River, visitors get a sense of how water intersects with the landscape and our lives.

 

 

 

 


 
Meander
By Amy Westover
 
Meander
 
Made from a recycled rubber tire product the floor design metaphorically shows the Boise River flowing out of Lucky Peak reservoir and dissecting the landscape. The river portion also acts as a path leading visitors through the Gallery and into the exhibit hall.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Interdependence
By Matt Laurence

Mud Elephant

The mud elephant installation is entitled Interdependence because it is meant to illustrate how all living things are dependent upon each other and the environment we share. The sculpture is temporary, made of mud over lashed branches, so it dissolves in the weather. Likewise, our own bodies are impermanent in nature, our cells die and are regrown all the time. We need food to replenish ourselves and animals and plants help clean our waste, so in this way we are interconnected. Also, all living things share and reuse the water in the environment. The mud elephant encourages the viewer to think about these vast cycles and what they mean to us and every living thing.

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