Friday, July 31, 2015

These are bike racks? You're kidding!

Bull moose sculpture
Beware of the moose as you drive through Old Town in Lewiston, Idaho. The moose are peaceful and not afraid of traffic on the corner of Fifth Avenue and D Street.

But the bull moose and calf are not what they seem. Made from steel pipe, they're actually bicycle racks.  We drive by them probably once a day and have never seen any bicycles there, though the moose are 'walking" on the sidewalk across from the Lewiston City Library.

These sculptures are just some of the public art located throughout Lewiston. The moose came to town in 2012 under sponsorship of the Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dwoshak ia a pretty dam place

Dworshak Dam
Dworshak Dam isn’t just another pretty dam, though one would be hard pressed to find a dam in a prettier setting.

Located in rural Idaho, Dworshak Dam stands 717 feet tall, making it the highest strait-axis concrete dam, not only in the United States, but in the whole Western Hemisphere.
Dworshak reservoir
The dam spans the North Fork of the Clearwater River just a short distance from Orofino. It is visible from U.S. Highway 12. Behind the dam is a 54-mile long reservoir that is popular with boaters and fishermen.
Operated by the Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, construction on the dam started in 1968 as a flood control project. The dam began generating power in 1973. The complex includes log handling facilities as well as a fish hatchery that is located nearby.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Be sure to wave as you drive into Lewiston, Idaho

Lewiston, Idaho, is a friendly city, where townsfolk greet strangers with a hearty “how are you?” or wave as they drive by. It’s no surprise, then, to be greeted by a wave as you enter the city from Washington State on the other side of the Snake River.

This wave, made from dozens of canoes, is one of the coolest statues you’ll probably ever see. .Dubbed the “Cool Wave,” this fantastic outdoor artwork has an equally fantastic mural as a backdrop.  Together they present a powerful image to motorists who drive across the Highway 12 Blue Bridge from Clarkston, Washington, into Lewiston.

The wave, which some people think resembles a swimming fish per the background mural, is designed from 44 used canoes, all painted silver. It was created by Christopher Fennel, an Alabama engineer turned artist. His creation cost the City of Lewiston $99,500, and was part of a $900,000 project to enhance the east entrance to Lewiston.

The sculpture is 23 feet high. Directly behind it is a 27-foot tall, 150-foot long mural that depicts fish swimming as wide waves radiate out from the center. One end of this acrylic on concrete mural wraps about the building. The mural was painted by brothers Rolf and Peter Goetzinger.

See more photos of this unique  artwork below.