The Beacon was a hypnotizing winter installation created in 2018. To create the installation, around 300 large water balloons were filled and frozen in sub-zero temperatures to create the ice balls. An eight foot tall, crescent-shaped wall was constructed for the orbs to be “glued” into place with slush. Between the two layers, LED lights radiate from the center of the crescent. In the darkness of the night, layers of glowing ice orbs slowly pulsed from golden to Pantone’s color of the year 2018, ultraviolet.
Design and building were led by artist Bland Hoke. The installation was designed to activate the base area and to inspire passersby to take a picture with the Beacon. Interesting fact: a flamethrower was an integral part of maintaining the Beacon! Using a flamethrower helped to polish the ice so the walls remained clear and bright!
The project was funded by Teton Village Association and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.