Public Art Projects

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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)

Public Art for Downtown McCall

The City of McCall reaches out to artists that would like to create artwork to be integrated into the upcoming reconstruction of 2nd Street within the city’s downtown core. 2nd Street, extending from the Public Library to the shore of Payette Lake, is the heart of this beautiful mountain town community. The public art project budget is $60,000, funded by the City of McCall and McCall Local Option Tax funds.

Downtown Art Survey  is ready for public comment.
You can view the three selected artists' designs images and proposals at

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, is in the process of working 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 artist will engage the McCall community in an arts-based design process that responds to the lake's role as primary drinking water source, core of McCall's tourism economy, and the lake's ecologic health. The project is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2019.

Lardo Bridge Public Art Survey - ready for public comment.
Visit to learn more about the project and vote on your favorite design.

Public Art in McCall

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 Mural
The City of McCall partnered with the students of the McCall-Donnely Advanced Art Class to create a mural panel 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. Finalist designs were displayed online and in the McCall Library for community input and McCall City Council approved the final design. The mural was installed in July, 2014.
Public Art Advisory Committee
Appointed by: Mayor with confirmation by Council.
Staff Liaison: Delta James , Economic Development Planner, 208-634-3504
Current Membership:   
  •     Dave Peugh
  •     Claire Remsberg
  •     Sue Dixon
  •     Craig Vroom
  •     Karla Eitel

Documents and Resources

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

    Public Art Walking Map

Agendas and Minutes

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