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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Busy in Boise - Public Art Bonanza

Maybe neon signs aren't technically public art, but I certainly find them visually appealing.  The Idaho Camera sign has to be my all time favorite.

And the one on the side of an old bank on 8th Street was a winner as well.

And the vault in the basement made a cool office for someone.

The reflection of the Pie Hole sign was too good to pass by.

Cory and I tried some of the pizza there, and if the pizza isn't enough to wow you (I had the artichoke pesto slice!) you can simply enjoy the decorations on their walls.

Those girls in the mural are armed with a pizza cutter and a rolling pin!

They will defeat the dragon and lay claim to the mountains of pizza slices?

If that isn't artsy enough for you, pay attention to the traffic box art scattered around town.

across from the Boise Co-Op

"Enjoying the Ride"

"Electric Jelly"

And when you're ready for a coffee to perk you up I recommend Dawson Taylor on 8th Street.  Why?  Because they had the coolest mosaics!

My eyes were so tired from checking out public art that I had to put on my sunglasses and rest by the water fountain in front of City Hall.

Where I found more public art!

The "penny postcard" looks different when you view it from another angle...

"Greetings From Boise"

Another way to get to the public art in downtown is to take your bike or lace your sneakers and head down to the Boise Greenbelt.  I'm not the biggest fan of walking on concrete, but I needed  a walk and it was a good way to see another side of Boise.

pedestrian bridge across the Boise River

There was a nice memorial to the city's firemen.

And the best part was the shade provided by the trees!

Down on 8th Street there were a lot of shops, restaurants and more public art.

There was a lot of construction going on, and a few panels sported some temporary murals, including this one that brought attention to the issue of child neglect and abuse.  Unfortunately over the years we've known a lot of children who've been emotionally abused or suffered from parental neglect.  It isn't only fists that can hurt a child.

That's it from Idaho except more murals that I will share on Mondays.  Bye-bye, Boise!


  1. I too like the camera sign! :) Yeah, Boise has a great downtown. Too bad I can't convince the traffic signal engineers I work with to paint colorful artwork on the signal cabinet boxes here in Portland.

  2. Wow! You found "art!" Lots of it. The pizza joint would win me over any time, with their artwork and, of course, pizza! Boise is quite the place.

  3. The were some awesome murals you found and it looks like you hade a good time on your visit

  4. Boise is a great city, and you have really captured its essence with all the lovely public artwork.