Location: Garden & Main, SE Corner
Already on the moon from the news of the opportunity to create one of Boise’s Traffic Boxes, I came back down to the earth when I was given the coordinates of where my art would come to live. An interesting location, where Main Street ends and Garden City begins, and only footsteps away from the Boise River. I knew immediately that I wanted to reference the river, but I didn’t want to neglect the other surrounding elements.
With a little more research, thought, and some math; I found out that the approximate volume of the box is 300 fluid gallons. This also just happens to be the approximate amount of water the average American family uses on a daily basis. The 300-gallon approximation only refers to household consumption, as in washing dishes/laundry, taking baths/showers, flushing toilets, etc.
300 gallons, 1 box… In my work, I’ve introduced this series of paintings of various buckets, pop art in style. A suggestion from the panel was to continue this in this project. Water, fish, crabs, boats, Ding! 1 box equals 1 bucket. This was my opportunity to create a larger than life bucket! Huge!
As I envision this Traffic Box, a large bucket sitting river adjacent, watching the traffic on Main Street, I see a physical representation of what I ordinarily take for granted. I take a pause and begin to appreciate these resources. When a passerby decides to take a moment and ponder the scale of how much water we use, I hope it may spark that recognition in them.
…to the City of Boise, Arts & History Dept. I am both honored and thrilled to be a part of the city’s collection of Artist Traffic Boxes. Also, a big Thank You to friends and family for encouraging me along the way.