Jackson Hole Airport cowboys up

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Jackson Hole Airport is poised to get some new Wyoming-inspired art. East Coast artist Bart Walter has been selected to sculpt the new piece of work that will adorn the local airport. Walter has been sculpting full time for more than 35 years. He began sculpting wood, but then transitioned to bronze. "Six years into that [working with wood], I realized the clay models were far more lifelike and had a fresh quality to them that I was never going to be able to breathe into a chunk of wood, so I decided to take the clay sculptures and cast them in bronze," said Walter. Walter is based out of Westminster, Maryland and grew up in Baltimore, but he is no stranger to Jackson Hole. He created the sculpture of the five elk that welcome visitors to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. About two years ago, Walter responded to a call for artists along with many other people from across the U.S. From there, he was shortlisted and flew out to Jackson to interview with three other people. Walter looked at the sculpture site, spoke with the art selection committee and then submitted a proposal. Walter's proposal was selected to create the artwork for the Jackson Hole Airport. "The mission I was charged with was to create the Wyoming state logo so the Jackson area and specifically the Jackson Hole Airport would be more strongly associated with the rest of the state of Wyoming," said Walter. [image: Inline image 1] *Bart Walter with his statue for the Jackson Hole Airport in progress. h/t Bart Walter / Pitchengine Communities* "I told them early on that although I was interested in doing something like that, I wanted it to be an interpretation. The state logo is a wonderful logo, but it is a two dimensional design. My version of the state logo is not exactly the same thing, but it has much of the same spirit," he added. "I put major twists into the body of the horse and the rider, which made it both challenging and fun when I was sculpting." The sculpture will be set in the round about right at the entrance and exit of the airport. It is due to be competed at end of May and is tentatively schedule for first week of June depending on weather and site preparations. "It's an exciting opportunity and I absolutely adore Jackson Hole so it is fun to have an excuse to come back and spend some significant time," said Walter. "I love the place and I love the people perhaps even more." *Feature Photo: Bart Walter's statue for the Jackson Hole Airport in progress. h/t Bart Walter / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news