Public Art

The City of Moscow supports local art through an Ordinance that requires 1% of the total cost of capital projects be dedicated to public art in our community. These projects include City facilities that are constructed or renovated, like the Intermodal Transit Center completed in late 2012. This program adds beauty to public places, enhances the quality of life for Moscow citizens, and promotes tourism to Moscow.

City Owned Public Art

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The sculpture garden at the Intermodal Transit Center (1006 Railroad) contains art that rotates on a annual basis. The sculptures currently on display were created by University of Idaho students: Talitha Davis ("Iris, Lily, Rose"); Shanti Friedman ("Walking Wheel"); Kateri Warnick ("Aero"); Danielle Riana Locke ("Shaped Like a Friend"); and Taylor Ransom ("Lion's Tooth"). 

Public Art at the Moscow Public Library

The finalist for the call for public art at the Moscow Public Library is Melissa Cole from Spokane Valley, WA. For more information, contact Kathleen Burns.

Artist’s renderings of the proposed public art at the Moscow Public Library

Artist's renderings of the proposed public art at the Moscow Public Library. Depicting a glass ti

Project Updates

Artist Melissa Cole has been working on the pieces that will be installed at the Moscow Public Library. She is working to incorporate the panels created during the FREE community workshops into her mural and the 3D sculpture that will be installed in the 2nd level garden. 

Melissa has designed the sculpture (a gaillardia flower and honey bee) and is working with local welder, Brian McDonald to develop the piece. Brian is fabricating the sculpture using 1/4 steel pieces that he has cut, shaped and textured. Melissa is then enameling (coloring) the petals and parts of the bee using powdered glass fired at 1500 degrees in a kiln. There are multiple layers when enameling each piece, including black and white ground coats and then layers of color. Brian is taking the final enameled pieces and putting them back together as a whole to complete the sculpture. When installed, the sculpture will be approximately 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall.

Next steps for this project include:

  • Ribbon cutting at 4pm by Mayor Bill Lambert on Friday, June 15th. This event will coincide with the Moscow Artwalk 2018. Check out the event page for more information.