The Boise airport is not the largest airport in the world—far from it. But we have perhaps the most public art per square foot of any airport you’ve ever been in. So if you have a wait in the Boise airport, take in these pieces that nobody but air travelers ever sees:
Reticulated Horizon is a fused glass piece by Lawrence Ho. The horizontal water-like glass pieces remind me of the various waterways of Idaho. Our horizon is full of rivers, streams, and lakes.
Slipstream by Kelly McClain depicts the steelhead salmon of Idaho. Handblown glass fish swim among textured steel panels. It’s an apt welcome to our state.
Flying into the Seasons by Louis Kodis is a large three dimensional mural. The vibrant colors mimic the natural colors of the seasons. Fabric pieces add a sense of the movement of air and water, earth, and fire elements.
River’s Edge by Geoffrey Kruger is a mural in the ticket lobby depicting Boise’s Barber Park. Again, water and nature are key elements of this piece.
Even the floors are art. Elizabeth Wolf’s Terra Firma is, appropriately, right on the terra firma, the floor of the lower level. It speaks at once to both the orientation of the area from the air and the ground, appropriate for travelers who are both as well.
Lawrence Nolan created the bronze Wildland Firefighter Monument at the outside entrance to the airport terminal. This is a testament to the many firefighters that come through the area. Boise is the headquarters of the National Interagency Firefighting Center.
WWII Aviator by Benjamin Victor honors the veterans and others from the area. Nearby Gowen Field is the military air field serving the area.
Boise Wings by Adam Leventhal is a bright neon sculpture attached to the parking structure at the airport. Some people love it. Some hate it. You decide.