The Boise River Green Belt is an integral part of my time living here in The City of Boise. A portion of my daily commute goes through the Green Belt when I ride my bike, and my favorite rides are west, towards Quinn's Pond or East towards Barber Park. Floating the river during the summer is becoming a tradition and my favorite park, the Idaho Fish and Game MK Nature Center is also situated along the Green Belt. I go to the Green Belt when I want to forget I live in a city.
I believe the spirit of the Green Belt could be taken further with public art work (sculpture) whose physical presence re iterates the contemplative nature of the Green Belt. I would place the work in between the walking path and the river bank so pedestrians, cyclists, and river floaters have a possible vantage point. I would aim to create a space for meditation and contemplation as well as a visual marker to initiate introspective thought. The sculpture would be visually reminiscent of a stone circle or a henge from the British Isles.
A deep foundation, like quasi roots, would help against the dangers of washing out from high waters during the spring. The sculpture would be made out of reinforced concrete to counter the effects of the elements and vandalism.
I really do think the Green Belt is one of the best parts of living here and I would love to take the experience even further with public artwork deployed along the banks of the river. Many distractions of city life are stripped away on the Greenbelt. People have a chance to breath, contemplate, and notice subtlety which would otherwise be overlooked.