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MccALL 4 ART: McCall Public Art Master Plan

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McCall Urban Renewal District Public Art Project

The McCall Redevelopment Agency has selected Idaho artist Amy Westover to...

  1. Identify and prioritize opportunities and locations for future public artworks within the McCall Urban Renewal—East Downtown District area and produce a short report on potential sites: and
  2. Develop not less than three public art design concepts for priority sites identified in the public art siting plan (1) above) and;
  3. Fabricate and install at least one chosen public art project within the urban renewal district boundary.

Project budget: $100,000

iheARTmccall - 2nd Street Public Art Project 

Local artist/design team Erica and Jamie Laidlaw of Laidlaw Design Company have been chosen to design and fabricate artwork to complement the recently-completed reconstruction of 2nd Street at the heart of the city's downtown core

Review the Laidlaws' 3 art proposals for downtown McCall and let us know what you think

Visit for more information on how to get involved. 

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...

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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.

Rotary Park Railings

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
In summer 2014, City of McCall participated in the international "Before I Die" public art project that encourages residents and visitors to express their dreams and aspirations by completing the sentence "Before I die I want to..." Entries were written in chalk on a blackboard installed in Legacy Park in downtown McCall on the shore of Payette Lake. Hundreds of answers were given. Here are just a few:

"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

 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
Current Membership:   

  • Dawn Matus
  • Claire Remsberg
  • Dallas Young
  • Craig Vroom
  • Karla Eitel
  • Susan Farber
  • Judy Drake

Documents and Resources

    City of McCall Public Art Policies - adopted by City Council June 29, 2012

    Public Art Map

Agendas and Minutes

    Public Art Committee agendas and minutes can be found within the Document Search Center here.