Claytown comes to life in the hands of Tyler Bush
Idaho Statesman – FEBRUARY 29th, 2008
By Erin Ryan
There is a world where the Statue of Liberty is mere blocks from the Taj Mahal, and souls are trapped inside the glittering bodies of luxury cars and yachts bigger than the local zoo. It is Claytown, named for the countless pounds of modeling clay local artist Tyler Bush used to create and recreate his own fantasy city over the last two decades. Bush’s miniature playground is the result of a third-grade art contest he won with a pair of clay anteaters, A modest home for the creatures turned into a lifelong project that includes Vegas-style casinos next to opulent private homes and iconic Disney castles. Every inch bears the unique imprint of Bush’s fingertips, which will mold new pieces during a First Thursday demonstration at Boise’s Foxtrot, where a large section of Claytown is on display.
The exhibit will be up through Sunday, March 9, and visitors are encouraged to imagine themselves strolling the whimsical streets of a realm that melds what Bush calls, “my life as it is and my life as I want it to be.”