BOISE -- The city is down to the final three choices for a $200,000 sculpture to go outside Boise City Hall. The process has been lengthy, with rounds of ideas thrown out, and thousands of dollars spent with no final decision yet made.

In the latest round of proposals and finalists, Boise's Public Arts Manager Karen Bubb says she feels confident in finding the best match for the important site, especially because unlike previous rounds, all finalists are local. She says this process had to be done right because of how important and expensive the project is.

This is a really important civic site. It's in front of our city hall. It's on the primary street that comes into Downtown Boise. So it's very visible and it's meaningful. It's where our civic heart is, Bubb said. It's also a big budget project. For Boise, $200,000 nationally is not that big of a project, but for us, it's a big project, and so we want it to be really meaningful. It's important to spend those dollars well.

In the latest request for proposals, the approach was changed, and the 27 proposals sent in were almost all from Idahoans: 80 percent were local creations. The public was invited to comment on the proposals, and Bubb says the response was incredible.

We had the hugest public response that we've ever had. We had 416 comment sheets returned with 3,250 comments, Bubb said.

After the comments were compiled, a panel used the feedback to narrow down the options to three finalists. Bubb says all are local: Leslie Dixon and Boise Metal Works, CTY Studio and Ecosystem Sciences, and Francis Fox and Dean Gunderson.

They all are really qualified, and their designs are really strong and very Boise, Bubb said.

The finalists will all be interviewed in January by a selection team of five people whose recommendation will go to city council for final approval. The construction will go out to bid, and then a new piece of art will be in front of Boise City Hall in summer 2015.

The costs of the $200,000 project will be split between the city of Boise and the Capital City Development Corporation.

The desing below is from Leslie Dixon and Boise Metal Works

CTY Studio and Ecosystem Sciences

Francis Fox and Dean Gunderson

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