BOISE, Idaho - In August the Boise City Department of Arts and History announced a local artist would paint a mural on the crosswalk at 8th and Fulton street. The artist, Jason Keeble from Trademark was selected to paint a “first-of-its-kind” intersection mural. The project was given a $9,000 budget and was a test run for future projects.
A day full of rain on Monday began washing the painting away. On Tuesday, Idahoans noticed more than just a little debris at the site. Chunks of the painting had been washed away with chips of paint stacked in the gutters.
The mural barely lasted two months before deteriorating and while this project was just a test for future projects, the quick damage caught even city officials by surprise. “It is definitely happening at a much quicker pace then what we had anticipated so we’re definitely disappointed in the results so far,” said Karl LeClair, the public art manager for the City of Boise.
The City Department of Arts and History is working with everyone involved with the mural to decide what comes next.