Map of McCall's Public Art
The stars on the map below show the locations of the City of McCall's public art collection. Zoom in to view street names.
Click on a star to see the name of the artist and title of the artwork. Enjoy!
CALL FOR APPRENTICES: Downtown McCall Mural
Deadline to apply: June 15, 2023
The City of McCall is seeking emerging and student artists to apprentice with professional mural artist Jay Rasgorshek to learn how to design and implement a large-scale outdoor mural in July/August 2023. This opportunity is open to individuals, 17 years or older, living in Valley or Adams County. To apply for this unique professional development opportunity, send a cover letter and three examples of your past artistic efforts to: email@example.com. The cover letter should address these questions:
1. Why do you want to participate in the Mural Artist Apprenticeship program What do you hope to get out of the experience?
2. What skills and experience do you bring to the Mural Artist Apprenticeship program? Why would you be a good apprentice?
3. This is the first time the City of McCall has attempted this sort of apprenticeship program, and there may be unanticipated challenges. Please provide an example of a time you needed to be flexible to complete a project.
4. Please describe what challenges you might see arising or any difficulties you might have in being available regularly this summer.
For more information about the Downtown Mural Project, download the Downtown McCall Mural Call to Artists.
McCall Public Library Integrated Artwork - COMING SOON!
Artist: Joe Thurston of Site Specific LLC from Nehalem, Oregon, been commissioned to integrate unique and locally-relevant artwork into the McCall Library Expansion Project, expected to be complete in 2024.
Give Joe ideas for the artwork design - complete the short survey here!
McCall's Public Art Collection
Download a map of McCall's entire public art collection here. Below are descriptions of just a few example pieces...
Mill Whistle: Sound of an Era by Amy Westover
Our Confluence - 2nd Street Public Art Project by Erica and Jamie Laidlaw
Local artist/design team Erica and Jamie Laidlaw of Laidlaw Design Company designed and fabricated artwork to complement the recently-completed reconstruction of the city's downtown core. Their project, Our Confluence, celebrates the iconic local waterways of the South Fork and Main Salmon River in this functional concrete and metal bench installed at the corner of Lenora Street and 2nd Street at the heart of McCall. Review the full project description here.
Bridging the Source: Arts and Payette Lake
The City of McCall, in partnership with the McCall Arts and Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, partnered with Boise, Idaho artist Susan Madacsi to create public art for the newly re-built Lardo Bridge at the outlet of beautiful Payette Lake. The artwork, called "Seasons," consists of four forged steel and kiln formed glass sculptures installed on each of the four corners of the bridge.
Listen to an interview with the artist on BSU Public Radio's Idaho Matters here.
See a video documenting the project here.
Mountain Goats at Play
In summer 2016, artist Matt Babcock of Seattle, WA, installed a grouping of three powder coated aluminum goat sculptures in a newly created pedestrian plaza next to the historic Alpine Playhouse in downtown McCall. The goats jump and play from natural stone seating elements, creating a fun public gathering place. The plaza and public art project was funded thanks to grants and contributions from Idaho Commission on the Arts, Idaho First Bank, Northwest Hardscape Specialties, City of McCall, and many generous citizens of McCall.
The City of McCall, in partnership with the McCall Improvement Committee and the Idaho Commission on the Arts commissioned artist and fabricator Susan Bond to create unique railings for new stairs leading to the lake front in Rotary Park. Look for the hand-forged "Waves of Payette Lake" while you enjoy the view. The artwork was installed in 2016.
Before I Die
"Before I die I want to own my own company."
"Before I die I want to learn to play the fiddle."
"Before I die I want to sit on an elephant."
"Before I die I want to zipline."
"Before I die I want to befriend a goat."
"Before I die I want to scuba dive in Fiji."
"Before I die I want to be a mom."
"Before I die I want to make the olympic swim team."
"Before I die I want to own a ranch."
"Before I die I want to learn tricks on a snowboard."
Photos and more information about McCall's "Before I Die" public art project can be found on the international Before I Die web site at www.beforeidie.cc
|Railroad Avenue Murals |
The City of McCall partnered with the students of the McCall-Donnelly Advanced Art Class to create a rotating series of mural panels for the Railroad Avenue bike path retaining wall. The students learned about public art selection processes by responding to a Call to Artists for the project and making presentations to a volunteer selection committee. The first mural was installed in July, 2014, and mural panels are rotated biennially.
Public Art Advisory Committee
The Public Art Advisory Committee makes recommendations regarding selection, policies, acquisition, placement and maintenance of public art to the McCall City Council, helping the City of McCall celebrate the culture of McCall and creativity of residents through public art (2018 Comprehensive Plan). Appointed by: Mayor with confirmation by Council
Staff Liaison: Delta James , Economic Development Planner, 208-634-3504
City of McCall Public Art Plan - adopted 3-11-21
McCall Downtown East Urban Renewal District Plan - 2020.
Public Art Committee agendas and minutes can be found within the Document Search Center here.