Jackson Hole Public Art’s annual “big idea” MoonShot 5X5 event (the 4th annual) was held on Thursday, March 4, 7-8pm and was streamed live from the Center for the Arts. Click here for a link to the video recording!
MC Jeff Moran once again lead the evening, during which six local creatives presented their boldest, most ambitious public art ideas with 5 slides in 5 minutes. These concepts are meant to be catalysts to change the way people view a topic or understand an issue through public art. Local Ecologist and Wildlife Guide Trevor Bloom also read his work “Phantom Seasons” inspired by the seasonal phenomena of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
This year’s presenters were: Borbay (Exquisite Corpse Jackson Hole), Fernando Jáuregui (Street Gallery JH), Kika MacFarlane (Wonderment), Suzanne Morlock (Textile Mountain), Blanca Moye (CreaTeen Fest JH) and Tenley Thompson (Tree Time). They were tasked with submitting ideas that address any issue facing our community, inspiring hope through art. These are not necessarily shovel-ready projects, but rather bright ideas that push the boundary of what is possible. The evening was sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Maggie Davis, Friends of JH Public Art, Toran Accounting, and Wyoming Arts Council.
The “Buzz Aldrin Award” increased to $1,000 this year, and was be voted on via text for the idea that best fits the “ethos” of Jackson Hole and is the winning crowd pleaser — congratulations to Tenley Thompson for her wining pitch titled “Tree Time”!
The event serves as a launchpad to rocket ideas out into the universe, where we hope they will land in reality. Previous years’ MoonShots that have become community projects include GlowNights and last year’s Cloud Factory by Jackson-based artist Jenny Dowd.
Graphics by Cal Brackin