//Public Art

Canoe Wave

Engineer and sculptor Christopher Fennell welded over 50 used canoes together as a tribute to Lewis and Clark and the Nez Perce Tribe. The sculpture, installed in 2010, is 64 feet long and 24 feet high.  The mural of rippling water and swimming fish behind the sculpture creates a lovely backdrop for this most unusual and dramatic piece! Floating in a pond nearby is a companion piece: two waterlily fountains, also made from canoes.

Canoe Wave is at the northwest edge of Lewiston, overlooking the Snake River.  The best view is when driving the Hwy 12 bridge from Clarkston into Lewiston. You can park behind Art Beat and walk around the sculpture.

Where

103 Main St., Lewiston, ID

 

Codger Pole

This 65 foot chainsaw memorial was sculpted in 1988 by Jonathan LaBenne to commemorate a 50-year football grudge match. The match involved players in a 1938 epic high school football game between the Colfax Bulldogs and the St. John Eagles. The Spokane Historical Society offers a great description of the game and the pole that commemorates it on its website.

Where

324 South Main St. Colfax, WA 99111

Contact

http://explorecolfax.com

 

Colfax Fish Fence

The “fish fence” project beautifies the chain link barrier fence along the South Fork of the Palouse River that runs through Colfax, Washington. 3,700 fish were created by students and citizens throughout Whitman County. WSU Students put the fish on the fence along the river downtown.

Where

Along the river behind the US Bank branch (101 N. Main St.) and the Whitman County Library (102 S. Main St.) Colfax, WA 99111

Hands Up Mural

Artists Karen Rohn and Shogo Ota stand before their mural “Hands Up” on the north side of the Moscow Hotel in Moscow. The mural was commissioned by the ACLU to commemorate its 25th anniversary in Idaho. It was completed in October 2018.

On Third St., downtown Moscow.  Can be seen from the south side of Third, across from Wells Fargo bank.

Helio-Terra

“Helio-Terra,” 2012, Wren Welcome Garden, created by Robert M. Horner.  Helio-Terra is a mass of locally quarried earth that is compacted into a form resembling a seed.  The geometry of artwork is gesture towards the agricultural heritage of Moscow, as well as the grain towers that flank the site.  The seed is a concentration of nutrient that gives forth the energy necessary to yield future sustenance, and thus serves as a metaphor for the community of Moscow.

Helio-Terra is at the south entrance to Moscow, at the intersection of State Highways 8 and 95.

Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute Nature Center

Art, nature and sustainability intersect at the PCEI Nature Center. Artistic features such as outdoor sculpture are incorporated into the landscape of the 12.3-acre grounds. Visitors can watch the sun set over Moscow from the timber-frame Artist Studio, discover PCEI’s wetlands with young nature explorers, and look for animal tracks and mosaics along the accessible pathways. Wander and explore on your own, or schedule a guided tour.

Where & When
1040 Rodeo Drive, Moscow, ID 83843
Open daily, dawn to dusk (office hours Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm)

Contact
Call 208.882.1444
Email info@pcei.org
pcei.org
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The Homecoming

A recent addition to Moscow’s public art portfolio, “The Homecoming” is located on the couplet of North Main and C streets. Tacoma-based artists, Jennifer Corio and David Frei were impressed by the rolling hills of the Palouse and wanted to be sure to incorporate elements that pay tribute to this unique landscape.  The birds symbolize the welcoming culture of Moscow, a “sense of slowing down, of coming home,” and the social connectivity that makes Moscow a special place!

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