Public Art Adds Character to Streets

Many of Jackson’s public areas are receiving a beautiful update thanks to local artists.

In September 2014, Jackson’s utility boxes were given a makeover. What once were sage-green blemishes on the valley’s scenery are now interesting pieces of art decorated by local artists.

Like the utility boxes, the lawn of Teton Media Works was transformed when it became the new home of Bronwyn Minton’s Cairn sculpture in May 2015.

The interactive art installation is designed to mimic mounds of stones hikers use to mark where they’ve traveled. Viewers can physically move pieces of the sculpture to suit them.

“The town’s newspaper is a marker, hence the word guide in the News&Guide,” Minton said.

Several more public art projects have been slated for construction in upcoming months.

Seattle artist John Fleming’s Willow Groves installation will add pizzazz to the five-way intersection on West Broadway by the Loaf ‘N Jug gas station. A fabricated forest of willow trees will signal the transition from the high-speed highway to the pedestrian-focused downtown.

“The five-way intersection serves as the southern gateway into the downtown commercial core, thus making it a pivotal transition zone into the heart of town,” said Carrie Geraci, director of Jackson Hole Public Art.

Community street furniture is another idea in the making. This summer, Jackson Hole Public Art’s artist-in-residence, Bland Hoke, is leading a team of artists who are designing a set of street furnishings that relate to Jackson Hole scenery.

The redesign of the North Cache streetscape adjacent to North Park is also on the public art schedule. Construction for the facelift will start in 2016.
And Jackson Hole Public Art, Jackson Hole Community Pathways, and pARTners are teaming up with students from Summit High School to fashion a new Inspire mural for the South Highway 89 underpass. The original mural painted on the underpass was destroyed by graffiti.