2021 WildWalls Artists Announced
Jackson, WY: Our downtown streetscapes are about to get WILD! Jackson Hole Public Art has selected 10 artists to participate in this year’s WildWalls, an annual event during which local artists transform Jackson’s blank exterior walls into an open-air gallery from June through September. Continuing the tradition of bringing the art and science communities together, this year’s artists will be responding to scientific data and developments from within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. WildWalls is a highly visual, interactive, and educational event without the confines of a traditional venue, making it accessible to thousands of people daily.
In addition to 9 temporary, wheat-pasted murals that will be located throughout downtown Jackson, the artist Katy Fox will begin work on a new, permanent mural located at Trio Bistro and sponsored by JH Public Art, The Nature Conservancy, and the Teton Conservation District. This will be Katy Fox’s first large scale mural in Jackson, and the Trio alley wall – at over 60 feet long – has already begun its transformation and work will continue over the month of May. Katy Fox is originally from northern Idaho and arrived in Jackson after pursuing her Masters in Fine Art degree at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. She was selected for the project by a committee of local business owners and arts professionals.
The temporary mural artists are: Julia Brady and Lida Steves; Natalie Connell; Ryan Dee; Nicole Gaitan; Ava Reynolds; Helen Seay; Shannon Troxler; Drew Yerkovich; University of Wyoming Migration Initiative. WildWalls 2021 will combine each mural with augmented reality features that promote a greater understanding and awareness of the region’s ecosystem through cutting edge scientific research. 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 is working with the selected artists and eco-partners including The Nature Conservancy, Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Teton Conservation District, Protect Our Water JH, and Trout Unlimited, to generate this educational content to make each mural come alive. This year’s augmented reality animations will be created by Ryan Dee, Kika MacFarlane, Ouree Lee, Tala Schlossberg, and University of Wyoming students.
Save the date for a WildWalls open-air grand opening celebration on Tuesday, June 29; more information to follow. WildWalls 2021 is sponsored by: Silver Star, The Nature Conservancy, Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Teton Conservation District, Protect Our Water JH, Trout Unlimited, Trio Bistro, JH Book Trader, JD High Country Outfitters, Snake River Brewing, Stinky Prints, Pinky G’s Pizzeria, and the Wyoming Arts Council.
Jackson Hole Public Art and local artists have been busy at work this spring, printing large-scale artworks and prepping sites for this year’s mural event — WILD WALLS — which opens this week and runs through early September. Nine temporary murals have been wheatpasted at locations around the Town of Jackson, each with a new twist — Augmented Reality (AR) features that transform the static image into a live story.
The temporary murals by local artists (listed below) are joined by a new, permanent mural by Laramie, WY artist Dan Toro sponsored by and located at Snake River Brewing. They all highlight the beauty and tell the story of the scenic and wild Snake River, Teton glaciers, and watersheds unique to the Jackson Hole area. By siting artworks in iconic public settings, Wild Walls aims to reach broad audiences with conservation messages through public art.
New this year, Wild Walls combines murals with AR features that promote a greater understanding and awareness about local water quality issues. Protect Our Water JH provided educational content and proactive solutions that demonstrate how individuals can help to preserve and protect local water quality. The message is clear : The Time is Now to Protect our Waters.
Viewers are prompted to download the HOVERLAY app onto their smartphone or device, find the @JHPublicArt channel, and look through the device to watch each mural come to life. Ouree Lee and Ryan Dee, with additional support from KGB Productions, developed the AR features and content in collaboration with Protect our Waters JH and the artists. A map of all mural sites can be found online and in a printed brochure that will be distributed throughout Town. The printed piece also includes tips for a self-guided mural “scavenger hunt” with clues that can be answered by watching each AR animation; answers can be found at www.jhpublicart.org/wildwalls
2020 Wild Walls Artists: Andy Bardon, Natalie Connell, Ryan Dee, Deb Fox, Tuck Fauntleroy, Greta Gretzinger, Thibaud Sanchez, Kay Stratman, Dan Toro, and Boughton Walden
Take yourself on a Wild Walls Scavenger Hunt! Can you find all 10 murals around town? When you spot an image, open the HOVERLAY app on your phone and watch + listen to the Augmented Reality story to answer the question on the Scavenger Hunt map.
Download the Scavenger Map here: Scavenger Map
Answers to the Scavenger Map questions:
1. 13 2. Aquifer 3. Chemical Pesticides 4. Snake River Headwaters 5. Groundwater 6. Algae 7. 11 8. Nitrogen & Phosphorous 9. E.Coli 10. 9
Wild Walls was featured in the Spring/Summer 2020 GREEN MATTERS publication — click here to read!
Wild Walls is sponsored by: