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Bridge Street Pedestrian Art

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Bridge Street Fish Walk

In 2008, The Sandpoint Arts Commission (SAC) was approached by Tom Whalen, Senior Conservation Officer for Idaho Department of Fish & Game, to endorse a Sandpoint public art project honoring native fish. Whalen envisioned the fish would be located on the recently completed pedestrian bridge. The Pedestrian Bridge is located on Bridge Street crossing Sandcreek to the City Beach.

After agreeing to help facilitate the project the SAC received Sandpoint City Councils blessing to begin fundraising for the Bridge Street Art Project.

Native fish on Bridge street

Between the Sandpoint Arts Commission, Panhandle Trout Unlimited, and Avista (who supplement Whalen with his native fish educational endeavors), the daydream is becoming a reality.

Current partners on the project have grown to include: the Rotary Club of Sandpoint, Sandpoint Urban Renewal, the Sandpoint Arts Commission “Art by the Inch” program, the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association, and Sandpoint High School industrial mechanics class and their instructor Yogi Vasquez. Soon the local glass artists, Bryan and Zabrielle Dillon, will be putting the final touches on the steel fish.