The sun is out, and that means it’s time to get out and bike, walk, or jog on over to the Intermodal Transit Center Sculpture Garden to see the newest sculpture installations. There are four new pieces up now, and you’ll have one more permanent installation to look forward to in October!
Artworks by four University of Idaho students from the College of Art + Architecture were selected for a one-year installation at the Transit Center, and will remain on display until May 2023. Featured artists and artworks are:
- Just FISH by Chen Zehao
- 10 Rabbits, 6 Geese, 5 Fish by Alyssa Hamburger
- I Miss You Love by Jorge Hernandez
- Do You Wanna Be Friends…? by Kimberly Timmons
Slated for permanent installation in October 2022 is an artwork by J. Casey Doyle featuring a stack of three stainless steel cloud forms and a bronze ladder. This artwork is a memorial to Andrew Thatcher Becker, a longtime Moscow resident whose advocacy for people with disabilities greatly impacted the community.
The artwork installation was made possible by a donation from Becker’s family, with additional funding from the City of Moscow to support the use of materials impervious to environmental degradation.
Artists from across Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah were invited to submit proposals for this project in 2021. Doyle’s artwork was selected for its alignment with Becker’s core beliefs in the dignity of all people, the equity of accessible communities, and the value of pathways both literal and figurative: smooth sidewalks to travel or communications that connect people to one another.
Accessibility, communication, compassion, understanding, and courage were watchwords for Becker, whose spirit of inclusion infused all of his work in Moscow. After studying political science at the University of Idaho, Becker pursued activism in many forms, including teaching as well as advocacy for human rights and the rights of people with disabilities. Becker shared energy with his community at Milestone Decisions and in service to the Moscow Human Rights Task Force, City of Moscow Human Rights Commission, and the Mobility Task Force.
Noted in the presentation of the design to the donor, the Moscow Arts Commission, and City Council were the following highlights about the artwork’s form and content:
- The location itself speaks to access, not just to multiple modes of transit, but also to higher education’s invitation to explore multiple avenues of thinking.
- Clouds, like human rights, belong to everyone and no one all at the same time. Their borders are open and flexible, adapting to conditions.
- The clouds stack like cairns, announcing a sense of place as well as mutual, compassionate reliance on community.
- The ladder speaks to the courage to transcend, to progress through stages of growth and life.
- Open spaces inside the ribbon clouds include and invite viewer, and have the potential to interact with the environment.
Doyle is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at the University of Idaho. He received his MFA with an emphasis in Sculpture from The Ohio State University in 2007 where he was a University Fellow. He holds a BFA with emphases in Sculpture and Metals & Jewelry and a BA with emphasis in Spanish from New Mexico State University. He is the recipient of two Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowships. He exhibits his work both nationally and internationally. His art combines interests in craft, sculpture, metals & jewelry, video, gender and the concept of play. For more information about Doyle’s work, see: https://jcaseydoyle.com/
The mission of the Moscow Arts Commission is to enrich the community by celebrating and cultivating the expression of all art forms and culture.