GlowNights 2020

GLOW Nights Reflect LIGHT, ART and AWE in the Dark of the Jackson Hole Winter

GLOW Nights is a month-long “must see” exhibit of original art installations that use colored and white light as a medium to celebrate the unique phenomena found in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Produced by Jackson Hole Public Art, GLOW Nights artists draw inspiration from the megafauna, calderas, hot springs, and dramatic vistas that inspire. GLOW Nights opened on December 23, 2019 and Jackson Hole Public Art and community partners celebrated GLOW Nights with two events in January, 2020.

Teton Village GLOW returns for its second year in 2019/20 with: Ice Glowbs by Bland Hoke, Get Out/Get In by CLB Architects, Flora Moon by Maggie West, Heart Mountain provided by JHMR, and a restored “Generation Two Tram” now on display provided by JHMR and Teton Village Association.

“The Teton Village Association is thrilled to instill light in the Village Commons that creates vibrancy during our dark winter nights,” said Melissa Turley, Executive Director, “GLOW Nights invites guests of Teton Village to stay and play past their ski day.”

Jackson GLOW is NEW this year with three GLOW Nights installations: Bear Root by Ben Roth, in partnership with the Jackson Hole Land Trust on the “Save the Block” greenspace, Grand Antler by Bland Hoke, a debut “40 foot” hanging inflatable on the Town Square sponsored by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and First Interstate Bank, and Phantom Seasons by lighting designers Bradley Smith, Doug Vogel, and Noah Waldron which will illuminate the Town Enclosure on the Center Lawn, sponsored by Center for the Arts.

“Public Art brings excitement to our public gathering spaces and creates art that is free and accessible for all people. Public art installations benefit local businesses by increasing foot traffic day and night, driving regional visitors, and beautifying public spaces,” commented Anna Olson, JH Chamber of Commerce CEO/President. “GLOW is the perfect antidote to the dark of winter, dynamic art, warm lights and local artists adding to our beautiful sense of place in Town and Teton Village” Olson added.

GLOW Nights is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional grant funding provided by the Wyoming Arts Council and Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. Major funding for GLOW Nights is provided by the Teton Village Association and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Business sponsors include First Interstate Bank, Jackson Hole Land Trust, Center for the Arts, and Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Hughes Productions will provide the lighting components for the installations.

Phantom Seasons by Bradley Smith, Doug Vogel, and Noah Waldron                    Photo by Aaron Kraft


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Osha is a Native American word for bear and is referred to as “Bear Medicine,” due to Indigenous peoples observing that bears would look for osha and consume the plant roots directly after emerging from winter hibernation to settle their stomachs after feasting or when wounded or sick. Ligusticum parteri is a mountain herb that thrives throughout the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, growing in subalpine zones and requiring rich, moist soil. Bear Root (Osha) is generously sponsored by Jackson Hole Land Trust.

Anchored on four corners by massive antler arches, the Town Square in Jackson is well- known and remembered by these four iconic features. Taking inspiration from the primary building material, The Grand Antler exposes the finer details of an elk antler. In it’s calcified state, the antler’s tips are sharp, the color bone white and frozen in time. It will roam the valley and beyond, spreading intrigue and inquiry. The Grand Antler is generously sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and First Interstate Bank. 

Phantom Seasons is an apparition inspired by two phenomena: the vibrant colors from each season and our most limited resource of all – time. Phantom Seasons erupts in color at variable intervals inspired by Old Faithful and other awe-inspiring geysers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This nightly ritual is triggered by an unreliable timer that, like nature, forces us to look at the impermanence of natural wonders and our own perspectives of time. Phantom Seasons is generously sponsored by Center for the Arts.

The 3,000-pound white quartz crystal came from Galileia Brazil 15 years ago. It was named Heart Mountain on arrival because it looked like one rough stone emerging from the heart of the larger crystal. Heart Mountain is planned to be transported by helicopter high on Rendezvous Mountain. Energetically, white quartz, also called wisdom quartz, is thought to transform consciousness.

The newly restored historic tramcar will debut this holiday season as a permanently sited “gallery” used as an exhibition space to support historical education at the base of the Mountain Resort.

The splendors, sights and smells of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are perfect examples of nature’s beauty. Ice Glowbs are created in concert with nature, forged from freezing weather to create three dimensional snowflakes. Peer inside and appreciate bubbles frozen in time, crystals glistening, and fissures forming. Explore the surrounding landscape and you might find something delightfully unexpected.

Color is central to our perception of the world around us. Through the use of colored lighting, Flora Moon showcases the structures and textures of native Wyoming plants while altering their color compositions. Both the colors used in the photographs and the silhouette of the structure echo both the shape and the cool light of a full winter moon.

It has been estimated that 90% of visitors to our National Parks never leave paved roads and many of those who do rarely stray more than 100 yards from their vehicle. Get Out/Get In encourages people to “get out” of their car/house/routine and “get in” to new and unexpected experiences. To immerse oneself in our surroundings is to understand them; to skirt the periphery is to deny oneself the countless wonders concealed within.


Jackson Hole Public Art is a non-profit supported in part with grants from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, the Sage Foundation, the Wyoming Arts Council, the Charles Engelhard Foundation and people like you! Thank you.