Matthew Mazzotta's Gentle Breeze Approved for Westside Park
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September 29, 2020
Boise City Mayor and Council Approve Public Art Proposal for Future Westside Park

Boise, ID – Tonight, Boise City Mayor and Council approved the recommended public art design proposal by artist Matthew Mazzotta titled Gentle Breeze (renderings) for the Westside Park planned for downtown Boise on 11th and Bannock streets. Funded by the Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC), Mazzotta will be commissioned $350,000 for the design, fabrication and coordination of the installation of the artwork, a contract amount amended by CCDC and approved by City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2020.

Gentle Breeze received a majority of favorable comments through a public feedback process launched in January of this year, a unanimous recommendation from the community-based selection panel representing members of CCDC, Arts & History Commission, Arts & History Advisory Team, project design team, neighborhood stakeholders and the local arts community, and was approved through the CCDC Board and the Arts & History Commission.

Gentle Breeze consists of an abstracted sculptural tree form that includes three park benches suspended from the canopy, which will serve as swings. The proposed sculpture is 23 feet tall by 30 feet in diameter and sits atop a land-formed berm, currently proposed at 36 inches in height. The canopy of the tree form features abstracted circular leaf forms designed to be articulated and activated into motion by the power of the wind, allowing the leaf forms to rustle and the sculpture to respond to the weather in its immediate environment. The sculpture is planned with durable outdoor materials and will feature a bold pink finish for the leaf forms and support structure.

Gentle Breeze is a celebration of the natural environment and responds to Boise’s moniker of the “City of Trees”. At the same time, the design serves to evoke and instill a whimsical and joyful experience to park visitors, while providing a point of contrast with the built environment that immediately surrounds the artwork.

The sculpture will provide multiple means of accessibility and engagement, including public gathering, swing time, shade, and additional play and seating on the berm. Not shown in the renderings, the berm will also feature a fully accessible ADA pathway, which will bring park visitors from at-grade within the park to the top of the berm.

With tonight’s approval, Mazzotta, in collaboration with City staff, CCDC, project stakeholders, and the project’s design and construction team, will now work towards design refinement, accessibility, structural engineering, permitting and fabrication. Installation is planned for late spring 2021 to align with the completion of the park.

Previously released: Artist Selected for Westside Downtown Urban Park

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