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A pop-up living room on 8th and main gathers opinions on new public park artwork

Posted at 5:17 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 19:17:18-05

BOISE, Idaho — It's not uncommon for people to set up shop in downtown Boise, but Tuesday, an artist set up a living room.

New York Artist Matthew Mazzotta has been contracted by the City of Boise to develop artwork for the new park that will be across from the Record Exchange.

Mazzotta decided to set up comfortable living room furniture at 8th and Main Tuesday morning to find out what kind of artwork people want to see.

"This is more for the person that just doesn't have time, is not normally part of the process. And I love getting that voice because it's really capturing something that's of the essence of the place because they're out and about in a public space. They have things to say, but maybe not enough time to say it," Mazzotta said.

About a dozen people came by to stop and chat in Mazzotta's "pop-up living room." He'll now spend the next few months developing designs for the project.

City officials say they're planning on opening the park in December.