Jeff Boshart Community Project
Created by West Des Moines students and Jeff Boshart; Charleston, IL
Several Public Arts Advisory Commission members attended the Iowa Public Art Network Conference in Dubuque in the fall of 2014. One challenge taken away from the conference was how to involve youth when incorporating art into the community. Jeff Boshart was a presenter at the conference and after listening to his presentation and visiting with him, staff contacted him for some ideas and a proposal.
Boshart conducted a class in the fall of 2015 where students were asked to help create the design for the art piece. The group first created a small scale model of a sculpture out of balsa wood over the course of two days and then a larger steel tube replica sculpture was assembled by Jeff Boshart and his team. Students were encouraged to assist in the assembly. This was an opportunity for participants to become engaged in the actual design of a piece of public art. This art piece is located at the entrance of Holiday Park.