JH Community Pathways is pleased to announce the selection of local artist Marco Miller to create a large mural for the PATH 22 underpass. This highly trafficked underpass, located near the intersection of Highway 22 and the Teton Village Road (390), is currently a blank slate and sees commuters traveling between Jackson, Wilson, and Teton Village with people coming and going to Rendezvous Park and the nearby Snake River. Marco was selected by members of the Public Art and Pathways Task Force groups from a highly qualified and diverse field of artist applicants, and his mural – titled “Cruising Critters” – will be installed this September.
Marco Miller is a first generation Mexican-American Experiential/Creative Event Producer, Fabrication Designer, and Fine Artist from Chicago, lL and is currently based in Jackson, WY. Over the past decade Marco has created murals across the country, from Los Angeles to New York City, and has collaborated with international and local businesses, concepting content and event production to help enhance consumer experience. As a former bike messenger in Chicago, his PATH 22 mural is meant to inspire alternative transportation and pathway usage. Marco logs hundreds of miles a week on our County’s Pathways, transporting his art supplies via bike and traversing the valley to and from work on a daily basis. The “Cruising Critter” mural depicts regional fauna on bicycles of all sizes and will be mirrored on both sides of the pathway.
PATH 22, completed in 2016, is a 4-mile path that unites the west and east sides of the valley and forms the backbone of the Teton County pathway system. It connects the Town of Jackson and surrounding areas on the east side of the Snake River to destinations on the West Bank, including Teton Village, the town of Wilson, and Teton Pass via the signature Snake River Pathway Bridge.
A new mural was installed in April, 2020 on the Jackson Hole Community Pathway in a project funded by Pathways, administered by JH Public Art and completed by Girls Actively Participating! The mural came to life during GAP!’s after school meetings with Middle School students, and was recently installed just south of Garaman Park on the Town of Jackson’s pedestrian pathway.
This mural project is part of JH Public Art’s Wild Walls program, which is promoting a greater understanding and awareness of local water quality issues through temporary and permanent murals throughout Teton County. The mural was developed over a four-week period, with local artist Natalie Connell leading the creation and with inspiration from Protect our Water JH. Kristin Revill, a Protect our Water JH Board Member, visited with the GAP! students early on and presented some of the common issues facing the protection of our mountain water supply. The issues that the girls sought to interpret include trash disposal, poor septic systems, pesticides on lawns and fields, and pet and livestock waste, which combine to deteriorate our water quality. Natalie Connell and the students then brought the vision to reality in a colorful and informative 20 panel mural that extends over 80 feet!
“I really enjoyed watching the girls come to life and be empowered as they excitedly applied themselves each week to get it done,” says artist Natalie Connell. “I’m so proud of each of them for being willing to contribute their creativity and couldn’t be happier with how the mural turned out.”
Many thanks to JH Community Pathways, Girls Actively Participating!, Kilmain Painting, Protect our Water JH, Teton County Parks & Recreation, and Wyoming Arts Council.