For the last few years the Idaho Statesman has sponsored a chalk art festival at Ann Morrison Park in Boise, Idaho. Kids, amateurs and professional artists alike get down and dusty together, creating masterpieces on the sidewalk for their own, and the public’s pleasure.
July 4, 2013 I was one of the Featured Artists. That meant lots of coverage in the Idaho Statesman, free chalk, all the water I could drink, and a parade of delightful people passing by while I worked who actually believed I knew what I was doing!
A year after completing our first two bus shelter ceiling designs Will Spearman and I were commissioned to design a third. This bus shelter is directly adjacent to the downtown YMCA in Boise, Idaho so we wanted to include people playing sports. This is our computer design:
We also included the animal silhouettes from the first two designs. Yep, even the jackalope. In addition we had four groups of people paired up forming the letters Y M C A around the middle circle of the design.
Not long after the bus shelter was installed it was hit by a drunk driver and the entire structure had to be rebuilt. Well over a year later they were able to completely restore our design. I’ve got just one question for any driver in that position: “Y Not Ride the Bus?”
At the same time that Will Spearman and I worked together on “The Buck Stops Here” we collaborated on “Tabula Astrum Omnibus.” The animals used in silhouette are the same in both designs, including the rarely seen, but dearly loved jackalope.
This is the computer image we designed which was then translated into vinyl:
When the panels were installed we discovered, too late, that the two shelter locations had been mixed up and so the geese on “The Buck Stops Here” are flying North, and the compass on “Tabula Astrum Omnibus” is actually pointing South.
We discovered the mixup the day of the reveal. This is Will calling to see if there is anything we could do to fix it. Uh, no.
No worries. We had dinner at Bar Guernica. The geese always manage to figure it out somehow, and everyone in Boise knows if you want to know which direction is North, you just look for the foothills.