the boise river - at your command
Boise Watershed facility is the educational arm of the wastewater treatment network that serves the Treasure Valley. Here, residents of all ages explore the story of Boise’s shared water system from through a variety of exhibits, classes and public events.
In 2015, an outdoor exhibit space was envisioned- The River Campus- that would present the story of Boise's water resources in an immersive and unique visitor experience through the innovative application of public artworks and landscape architecture. A group of artists was selected to produce outdoor artworks that would be linked together along a pathway, providing visitors a complete walk-through narrative of the water cycle. Each component is designed to showcase each chapter in the story of Boise's water supply, offering multiple points of engagement with the acting dynamic medium of water.
“Fluxion” is an interactive, multi-piece outdoor sculpture consisting of a concrete reservoir, weathering steel dam, and an open-grate spillway. Each component offers visitors multiple points of entry to interact with the flow of water. The metal dam sculpture is a fully-interactive piece, drawing in visitors to the operable collection of valves, weirs, and water channels to control the flow of water out from the reservoir element to the open spillway, and then downstream to the rest of the campus. These artworks provide visitors with intuitive learning opportunities through the act of play and experimentation - too much water flowing through the dam will eventually empty the reservoir until it can be refilled again by a connected sculpture called “Headwaters” by Boise artist Matt Grover.
"Fluxion" Boise Watershed
2016 - 2017
11818 W. Joplin Rd.
City of Boise
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“Over several years I’ve happily worked on several public art projects with Byron Folwell. He demonstrates great capacity for understanding the depth, complexity and history of a site; bolstering that understanding with further research and observation; and then clarifying and translating his insights into elegant and spare public art. He includes just the elements needed to communicate his vision; nothing unnecessary muddies his choice of materials, content, or story.
When working on Boise WaterShed public art projects with Byron, he demonstrated great comfort working with a team of artists while bringing forth strong conceptual ideas of his own. He backed up his designs with construction drawings, knowing they could be executed by the selected contractor."
— Karen Bubb, Cultural Planner, Boise City Dept. of Arts & History. 2018.