Public Art and local artists have been busy at work, printing large-scale artworks and prepping sites for the annual mural event — WildWalls— which opens on June 29th and runs through early September. Two permanent murals and nine temporary wheatpasted murals are up around the Town of Jackson, most with Augmented Reality (AR) features that transform the static image into a live animation on current science from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. By showing artworks in iconic public settings, WildWalls aims to reach broad audiences with conservation messages through public art.
Silver Star, a regional top internet service provider, is sponsoring the WildWalls augmented reality features that will be hosted on the HOVERLAY app, available on all smartphones. JH Public Art worked with the selected local artists (listed below) and a group of eco-partners including The Nature Conservancy, Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Teton Conservation District, Protect Our Water JH, Trout Unlimited JH, and University of Wyoming Migration Initiative to generate educational content that make each mural come alive. WildWalls helps to beautify our alleys which also serve as alternative walking venues in the downtown during the busy summer months. Printed maps for self-guided walking tours will be available at locations across town and a digital version can be found at www.jhpublicart.org
The community is invited to a free, outdoor mural walk event on Tuesday, June 29 from 5:30-7:30pm. Meet at the Center for the Arts (Glenwood Street parking area) to pick up a WildWalls map, greet this year’s WildWalls artists, scientists, and non-profit partners, watch a live wheatpaste demo and listen to tunes from KHOL community radio DJs; then embark on a self-guided mural tour throughout downtown Jackson, ending at the Anvil Hotel mural featuring complimentary gelato from Glorietta Trattoria’s new gelato pop-up called Glori (coming soon).
Local artist Katy Ann Fox completed this year’s permanent WildWalls mural, titled “the time in place,” alongside Trio Bistro. The mural depicts local ecology on a massive scale and is activated by four different AR stories along the 80-foot wall. The mural is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and includes augmented reality stories highlighting the state of pikas, wildflowers, glaciers, and fire ecology provided by The Nature Conservancy and Grand Teton National Park scientists.
“My WildWalls mural is truly a community effort. The conversations I had with strangers walking by or appreciative community members were so positive and invigorating.This project really felt like a great awakening — something to shake up my days and push my artistic process but stay true to my voice.” – Artist Katy Ann Fox
2021 WildWalls Artists: Katy Ann Fox; Julia Brady and Lida Steves; Natalie Connell; Ryan Dee; Nicole Gaitan; Ava Reynolds; Helen Seay; Shannon Troxler; Drew Yerkovich; University of Wyoming Migration Initiative; Dan Toro.
2021 Augmented Reality Creators: Ryan Dee, Kika MacFarlane, Ouree Lee, Tala Schlossberg, and University of Wyoming Migration Initiative.