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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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JOHN Q. PUBLIC

HATERS GONNA HATE

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS?

RANDOM AND NOT REALLY RELATED, BUT WANTED TO SHARE ANYWAY….

Art Source Gallery

17th Annual Juried Exhibition

July 1 — 27th

ART SOURCE GALLERY
1015 W Main Street
Boise, ID 83702

Opening reception on Thursday, July 11th, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This annual summer event is open to artists nationally who are not regular members of the Gallery. This gives the Treasure Valley a wonderful opportunity to see new and different fine art.

Jurors this year are Debbie Hughbanks, an accomplished artist from northeastern Washington who is a Master Signature member of Women Artists of the West, and Allen Malaise, a talented sculptor of wild life in bronze, juror for the 3-D artworks.

From the 46 nationwide applicants, the jurors selected pieces for both 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional works representing a diverse range of media, style and expression sure to impress any art aficionado.

Awards total $1150 and will be announced in the Gallery at 6:30 pm.

Music by JB Duo.

 

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