Snake River Brewing has commissioned Laramie artist Dan Toro for the Brewpub’s new permanent mural. Mr. Toro emerged from an original submission group of 77 artists, which was then narrowed down to four, and was selected by a stakeholder committee for the large-scale, site-specific mural. Work on the mural will begin in May with a unveiling date in early June, weather dependent.
Dan Toro received his B.A. in Art & Science from the University of Wyoming and continues to work from Laramie. His murals can be viewed in public spaces in Wyoming and around the country. Mr. Toro’s mural will depict a Snake River Cutthroat Trout, a signature species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, painted onto a vibrant, multi-layered background. It will span the entirety of the east-facing exterior wall on the Snake River Brewing’s building in downtown Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson Hole Public Art facilitated the call for artists and selection process. The Brewpub mural will be the cornerstone artwork of an event called WILD WALLS that also includes temporary wheatpasted murals throughout downtown Jackson.
New this year, Wild Walls murals will be paired with Augmented Reality (AR) features that promote a greater understanding and awareness about local water quality issues. Protect Our Water JH is sponsoring the AR content to provide community-wide education and proactive solutions on how individuals can conserve local water quality.
A sneak peek of the AR stories will soon be unveiled on the Center Street construction project mural by the artist Cal Brackin. The mural stretches for over 120 feet (at over 7 feet tall!) and each animal has its own AR features, animated by Cal Brackin and produced in conjunction with Protect our Water JH. Download the Artivive App on your phone and give it a test with these two images below. Once the app is downloaded and open, hold your phone in front of your computer or tablet screen, and watch these animals come to life — each with an important water conservation story to tell!
Major funding for Wild Walls is provided by: Snake River Brewing, Protect our Water JH, US Bank, 4JH, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, and the Wyoming Arts Council.
Business partners include: Stinky Prints, Pinky G’s Pizzeria, Anvil Hotel, and Beyond Efficiency.