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Greenbelt’s Fairview Avenue underpass gets a vibrant makeover

Greenbelt Mural "Go With The Flow"

Greenbelt’s Fairview Avenue underpass gets a vibrant makeover

 

 

The 50th anniversary of the Greenbelt is less than a month away, and to help celebrate the anniversary, the Boise Department of Arts and History selected an artist to paint the retaining walls located in the underpass of the Fairview Avenue bridge.

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Tunnel Vision and The Neurodivergent​

GO WITH THE FLOW

I get that public art needs to take many points of view into consideration before being painting/installed/constructed/etc. and during that vetting process “Jane & John Q. Public” and their needs should be first and foremost in mind. However, I can’t help but wonder, at what point do addressing the needs of everyone become too burdening to the project at hand? When does trying to please everyone become too much?

When amazing projects become victims of pleasing an overly demanding society of neutrality, political correctness, transparency, and basically trying to not ruffle any feathers; does that consider our first amendment? Is that how we got to be Americans? My history book reads otherwise, maybe I’m jumping to extremes to compare public art in 2019 to our great ancestors that fought in battles over freedom, but then again, maybe I’m not.

Underpass
CURRENT STATE OF THE UNDERPASS

I’m partial of course, but seriously, where is the line when it comes to making sure everyone is safe and enjoying art in public spaces?

WARNING: ONLY PRESS PLAY IF YOU CAN HANDLE STROBING LIGHTS. DO NOT PRESS PLAY IF STROBING FLASHING LIGHTS AND COLORS ARE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH!!!

IF THIS is what was on play in the underpass, well then yes, I would agree that it probably is not a good idea for this public space.

This public art project will be happening at the end of August 2019, there has been some push back on social media over the project and it being too visually overbearing and potentially causing harm to people that use the underpass by way of causing some sort of reaction due to the overwhelming stimulus it creates. Personally, I find some of the concerns a bit ridiculous and easily avoidable if one does not want to see this mural. Is it me or is this just a case of haters gonna hate?

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HATERS GONNA HATE

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS?

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POP UP SHOP @ West Elm Boise

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MY FIRST POP-UP

JUSTIN W JOHN’s FIRST POP-UP SHOP! Hosted by WEST ELM IN DOWNTOWN BOISE. SATURDAY MORNING AUGUST 24TH.

MERCH ON HAND SHOULD INCLUDE: LIMITED EDITION GICLÉE PRINTS, ORIGINAL SMALL PAINTINGS, CARDS, POSTCARDS, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND MORE.

THERE WILL BE GIVEAWAY CONTEST (THE PRIZE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED VIA EMAIL THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER) AND THERE WILL BE SOME SURPRISES!

Photo: Justin W John pre-opening West Elm Downtown Boise
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Since 2013, West Elm LOCAL has introduced 900+ artisans and their one-a-of-kind products to customers across the country. And next week I will join them! I’m so excited for this opportunity and still have so much to do. While it may look simple on the outside, there’s a lot of odds and ends to take care of. So I’m going to keep on keepin’ on!

POP UP SHOP
Location

824 W Idaho Street

Boise, ID 83702

Contact

PHONE: 208 794 1194

EMAIL: ART@JUSTINWJOHN.COM

HOURS

SATURDAY AUGUST 24th, 2019

10AM – 2PM

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