Boots to commemorate Elko centennial celebration

ELKO – Elko will be seeing a few more cowboy boots than usual ahead of the city’s centennial celebration.

The Arts and Culture Advisory Board is working to bring about 20 cowboy boots statues that will be painted by local artists. The painted cowboy boot statues were sponsored by local businesses and some individual donors.

The cowboy boot statues that were sponsored by businesses will be placed in front of those businesses, while others will be located near other civic landmarks like the courthouse and the post office.

The boots weigh about 110 pounds each and are expected to be delivered to the city before the end of the month. The boots will also feature a plaque on the heel that will have the artist’s names and the name of the business or individuals who sponsored the boot sculpture.

Arts and Culture Advisory Board chair Catherine Wines said the boots will be installed in time for the centennial and is excited for the opportunity to bring a unique art projected to the city.

“All the boots will be in place by the first of April, so the artists will have a couple of months to get them done,” she said. “To my knowledge, the city has never done anything like this. We’re kind of pioneers on this.”
The City is still looking for artists to get involved in the project. Elko has put a call to artists on the City’s website with the hopes of getting an artist for each boot.

Artists need to express their interest in the public art project by Jan. 13.
Wines is hoping the city can get more interest from artists over the next week.

“We have a fantastic art community. I’m sure artists are very busy this time of year, but this is a great opportunity,” she said. “I’m hoping we get a lot of community involvement.”

Elko’s centennial celebration is scheduled in May.

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