Astoria Park Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land have selected artist Katie Christiansen to create a custom art installation at the revitalized Astoria Hot Springs and Park, scheduled to open in fall, 2020. Christiansen will design a welcoming artwork for the new entrance, using her skills as a biological-illustrator to communicate the Park’s unique ecological features.This permanent installation is funded in part with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and is based upon creative placemaking activities coordinated by Jackson Hole Public Art and other project partners.
The selection committee reviewed over twenty submissions from regional artists, who were tasked with creating an illustration mapping the many native flora, fauna, land, and geothermal features found at Astoria. Katie Christiansen’s submission rose to the top due to her expertise in hand-drawn illustrations, story-telling, and ecology. Christiansen is an artist, writer, educator, and naturalist based out of Colorado, but has long worked in the Greater Yellowstone Region. She is currently the Artist in Residence at the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative in Jackson, Wyoming and the Editor of the forthcoming Artists Field Guide to Yellowstone, which will be released in 2020. Her award-winning work can be seen in other Trust for Public Land projects, including the Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman, Montana.
Astoria Hot Springs and Park, located on the bank of the wild and scenic Snake River just south of Jackson, Wyoming, was protected from development and redesigned as a public hot springs and park by The Trust for Public Land and Astoria Park Conservancy, who have engaged over 2,000 residents and hundreds of donors since this effort began in 2012. This 100-acre park was once a beloved recreation area and central to the community’s cultural fabric, and residents are enthusiastically awaiting its return later this year when phase-one developments, including the hot springs soaking pools, are completed. Learn more about Astoria and stay updated on the planned opening by visiting www.astoriapark.org.
ABOUT THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. For more information about The Trust for Public Land and to share why nature matters to you, visit www.tpl.org.
ABOUT ASTORIA PARK CONSERVANCY
Astoria Park Conservancy is the non-profit owner of Astoria Hot Springs and Park, governed by a local board of directors and supported by local partnerships and donors. The Conservancy looks forward to opening Astoria as a welcoming and affordable refuge for locals to find inspiration and connection with each other and nature. Visit www.astoriapark.org to learn more and join us.