By Patrick Heald
Post Falls Tribune
July 6th 1995
The boom in new construction in Post Falls may be getting out of hand. In the last few years, Tyler Bush has added a Taj Mahal, the Hard Rock Cafe, and the White House to the Post Falls landscape.
O.K., so they’re six inches high and made out of clay, but impressive, nevertheless. A casino, a zoo with dinosaurs, the famous floating green on Lake Coeur d’Alene complete with circling sharks Tyler has redefined the term “urban renewal.”
“It’s kind of like my own little fantasy world,” says Tyler. Tyler, who will be a senior at Post Falls High School this fall, has constructed an entire city, called “Claytown” in his home. Several of the pieces are being sold on consignment by Douglas Gallery in Spokane.
It would be hard to sell one of my pieces,” said Tyler. “But maybe I could do some custom pieces.”
Tyler won the Grand Championship in the art competition at the North Idaho Fair in 1993, and captured second place the following year.
Tyler says he never watched the definitive clay creation Gumby when he was a kid. But he’s been working with clay since he was in the fifth grade. He works out a different theme for each piece. One piece consists entirely of Victorian homes, and makes up one neighborhood of the city. Another area is a representation of the pyramids at Giza, Egypt. Considerable effort is involved to finish just one house.
“I will spend up to two days on one house,” said Tyler.
There is an obvious fascination with Disney characters throughout Tyler’s work, A Mickey Mouse here, a Pluto there. Tyler says he never watched a lot of cartoons as a kid.
“I was out playing with the other kids,” say’s Tyler “All my friends tease me, because they say I have to catch up.”
He hopes to parlay the hobby into a career.
“I’m thinking of maybe going into landscape architecture,” said Tyler. “I can show people what their house would look like, a well as how the yard around it would look.
Tyler, who lives with his Mother Candice in Post Falls, recently watched his brother Brice Williams graduate from the United Stated Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
The senior class president at Post Falls High School next year, Tyler also designed the theme and decorations for the junior prom. He hopes to do the same for the senior prom.
After graduation, Tyler has plans to attend North Idaho College and studying either architecture or art.