Ancient art form "captures" river creatures at new MK Nature Center display

Posted at 1:04 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 15:50:01-04

Sculpin, dragonflies, trout and mink are all creatures that live in or near rivers -- now they will also live on a new piece of public art at the MK Nature Center in Boise.

A new mosaic wall depicting species found in a riparian zone will be unveiled at the Nature Center on Wednesday, July 12th, during a private reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

The mosaic was created by local artist Anna Webb “who treasures the ancient art form because it integrates art into real life,” according to Idaho Fish and Game spokesperson Sue Nass.

For centuries, mosaics were built into floors or ceilings – or, in this case, a wall. “It’s not like art that is shut away at a gallery. It’s meant to be walked on, looked at and touched. I think that’s appealing,” said Webb.

The idea is both to beautify the area with public art and use it as an educational tool. “The public can find the new mosaic outdoors along the stream pathway among the native animals and plants that are featured in the artwork,” Nass explained.

This mosaic was initiated and funded by the Friends of MK Nature Center, with support from the Boise City Arts and History Department.

It will be available for public viewing beginning July 13th.