Eco Art on 8th Street
In 2010, CCDC embarked on a concept planning process for 8th Street between Main Street and the Boise River. The purpose was to take a wholistic view of this important pedestrian-oriented street that runs from the State Capitol to the river and links together the downtown business core, 8th Street Café District, Grove Plaza, BoDo and the Cultural District. This process generated a variety of ideas about how to enhance this street to create a unique ambience, liveliness and synergy. One of the ideas that emerged was to invest in public art having an ecological focus.
“Litharacnium” is a 20’ high steel sculpture at 8th and Broad streets designed to build awareness of natural ecosystems and the way humans impact the environment. Idaho is far from the ocean now, but 100 million years ago it was underwater. Litharacnium is a microscopic zooplankton, a single-celled marine animal. Tiny plankton in a myriad of forms underpin the oceanic food chain, provide 50% of the world’s oxygen through photosynthesis, and play an essential role in the global carbon cycle.