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July 10, 2018

Boise roundabout mosaic may be lost to vandals, skateboarders, trucks

  • Two artists in 2013 installed more than 300,000 tiles to create the mosaic.
  • By SVEN BERG
    Idaho Statesman

    BOISE, Idaho — Five years ago, Boise mosaic artists Reham Aarti and Anna Webb spent hundreds of hours over eight weeks installing more than 300,000 tiles on a roundabout just downhill from the Boise Depot. The tiles made up a mosaic called “Infernum Bestiae” — Latin for “Hell Beast” — a tongue-in-cheek nod to how hard it was to make.

    The round, 530-square-foot mosaic depicts four compass points over a blue-sky background, the Idaho Statesman reports. Images of trees in the four seasons' deciduous stages lie between the points, and a line of homes encircles the compass' center.


     
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