Eco Art Series
on 8th Street

CCDC invests in public art and cultural programs in downtown Boise as an economic development strategy, guided by the 2002 Cultural Investments Policy and the 2007 Downtown Arts & Culture Plan. Most of the agency’s cultural investments have been made through its partnership with the Boise City, with the Department of Arts and History providing administrative and management services. The EcoArt Project is one of these partnerships.

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, The 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.

The EcoArt Project consists of three large-scale environmental artworks along 8th Street as suggested in the 8th Street Concept Plan. The design concept for each artwork are illustrated below and can also be found on the Public Art page.