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28 February . 2017

Hollyhock’s 19-Foot Dandelion and the Artist Behind It All

Newland’s Hollyhock community is now home to another flower: Auri Agoseris, “the illuminated one,” a 19-foot tall dandelion. This kinetic metal sculpture was commissioned as custom artwork for the community by artist Mark Baltes. The whimsical sculpture is designed to delight adults and children alike with its representation of a dandelion blown and scattering its plumes and seeds into the wind. Baltes fabricated the sculpture with premium materials, primarily stainless steel and aluminum, and designed it to be durable, beautiful and engaging. Auri Agoseris was installed on Friday, Feb. 10 using a lift to support the sculpture’s weight and height. It is a companion piece to Aero Agoseris, which towers 15 feet above the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center in Boise, Idaho.

Mark Baltes is a professional artist and designer whose studio, Landmark Impressions, specializes in porcelain enamel artwork, public art and kinetic sculptures. A long-time resident of Boise and educated at Boise State University, he has more than 39 years of experience working in the arts field. His public art often demonstrates his love of community, as seen in “Penny Postcard – A Hometown Greeting” and the Oregon Trail Kiosks.

Auri Agoseris represents Hollyhock’s commitment to “Artful Living” and its celebration of beauty through art in its parks and community programming.