MOSCOW — On Wednesday, June 8, the City of Moscow and the Moscow Arts Commission announced new sculpture installations at the Sculpture Garden of the Intermodal Transit Center.
Works by four University of Idaho students from the College of Art + Architecture have been selected for a year-long installation at the Transit Center and will remain on display through May 2023. Featured artists and artworks are :
- Just FISH by Chen Zehao
- 10 rabbits, 6 geese, 5 fish by Alyssa Hamburger
- I miss you my love by Jorge Hernandez
- Do you want to be friends…? by Kimberly Timmons
Slated for permanent installation in October 2022, a work by J. Casey Doyle features a stack of three stainless steel cloud shapes and a bronze ladder. This work of art is a memorial to Andrew Thatcher Becker, a longtime resident of Moscow whose advocacy for people with disabilities had a tremendous impact on the community.
The artwork installation was made possible by a donation from the de Becker family, with additional funding from the City of Moscow to support the use of materials impervious to environmental degradation.
Artists from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah were invited to submit proposals for this project in 2021. Doyle’s artwork was selected for alignment with Becker’s core beliefs in the dignity of all, the equity of accessible communities, and the value of both literal and figurative pathways: smooth sidewalks for travel or communications that connect people to one another.
Accessibility, communication, compassion, understanding and courage were the watchwords of Becker, whose spirit of inclusion permeated all of his work in Moscow. After studying political science at the University of Idaho, Becker pursued activism in many forms, including teaching as well as human rights and disability rights advocacy. Becker has shared his energy with his community at Milestone Decisions and serving with the Moscow Human Rights Task Force, Moscow City Human Rights Commission and Mobility Task Force .
During the presentation of the drawing to the donor, the Moscow Arts Commission and the City Council, the following highlights regarding the form and content of the work were noted:
- The location itself speaks for to accessnot only to multiple modes of transport, but also to the invitation of higher education to explore multiple avenues of reflection.
- Clouds like human rights, belong to everyone and no one at the same time. Their borders are open and flexible, adapting to conditions.
- Clouds pile up like cairns, heralding a sense of belonging as well as reciprocity, compassionate dependence on the community.
- The scale speaks to the courage transcend, progress through the stages of growth and life.
- Open Spaces Inside Ribbon Clouds to understand and invite viewers, and have the potential to interact with the environment.
Doyle is an associate professor of art and design at the University of Idaho. He earned his MFA with a major in sculpture from Ohio State University in 2007, where he was a University Fellow. He holds a BFA with Honors in Sculpture and Metals and Jewelry and a BA with Honors in Spanish from New Mexico State University. He is the recipient of two grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He exhibits his work nationally and internationally. His art combines interests in craftsmanship, sculpture, metals and jewelry, video, genre and the concept of play. For more on Doyle’s work, see: https://jcaseydoyle.com /