(Jackson, Wyo.) - For the last two years, Jackson Hole public art has been working on a project to help beautify one of the primary gateways into Jackson - North Cache Street. Monday, this project advanced to the next stage. The Town Council unanimously approved the organization's Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the North Cache Nature Viewing Pavilion. The concept, drawn from public input, is to create a public art installation that is both functional and sculptural. The artwork will mark North Park as the gateway between the Town of Jackson and our two major National Parks. For the RFQ, Jackson Hole Public Art seeks a U.S. resident artist or artist team to work collaboratively with the local Public Artist on Staff to create a place for nature viewing and educational and cultural gatherings. The chosen artist/team will work closely with project stakeholders, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Elk Refuge, neighboring businesses and the Town of Jackson to ensure the installation suits the site. According to Town documents, in 2014 voters approved the SPET ballot initiative to enhance the North Cache Streetscape. In the fall of 2015 the Town of Jackson approved the Public Art Task Force recommendation to reserve 1.5% of the budget or $15,000 for public art to enhance this important Town gateway. Jackson Hole Public Art has also received a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant for the project. Qualifications are due no later than 5 p.m. MST on April 8. Interested artists/teams should submit their qualifications through the Western States Arts Federation CaFÉ – www.callforentry.org. To sketch the process, one to three finalists will be given a $1,000 to cover round-trip travel to Jackson Hole to participate in a site visit, interview and Q&A with project stakeholders. One finalist will be awarded $5,000 to develop a detailed final concept on-site through a June residency in Jackson. If the final concept is approved, the artist/team will have a budget of $95,000 to fabricate and install the work in June 2017. More information on this project is available here.
*Feature Photo: Conceptual rendering for the North Cache Nature Viewing
Pavilion. h/t Jackson Hole Public Art / Pitchengine Communities*