Bridging the Source: Public Art and Payette Lake
The City of McCall and the McCall Arts and Humanities Council partnered with Madacsi Studios to commission public artwork for the newly re-built Lardo Bridge that spans the outlet of beautiful Payette Lake. A gateway to the community core and adjacent to one of the city’s most scenic lakefront public parks, the Idaho state highway bridge was originally built in 1931 and replaced in 2015, designed and engineered specifically to accommodate public art.
This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program and so we worked closely with the City to engage the McCall community in the design process through public outreach, workshops for students, and educational presentations with the intent of infusing into the artwork an expression of the community’s relationship with Payette Lake. Bringing environmental stewardship into focus as well as the lake’s role as the community’s primary drinking water source, core of tourism economy, and ecologic health (such as water quality, fish and wildlife habitat).
We developed three proposals and invited the community to comment and make recommendations to give direction to the City’s selection of the final proposal. Inspired by Payette Lake embodied by themes of water and environment, this work is made from forged and fabricated steel with a powdercoated finish for ease of maintenance and resistance to the elements.