While the rest of town was digging out from record-breaking snowfall this winter (2019), Jackson artist, Bland Hoke, was conceptualizing his latest public art experiment. Bland pitched his new idea for ephemeral snow art during Jackson Hole Public Art’s Moonshot 5x5 on January 15, a second-annual event held in The Center Theater Lobby where local creatives presented one unique public art concept using 5 slides presented in 5 minutes. Bland’s “crop circles” are inspired by the work of cartographer-turned-artist, Simon Beck.
Bland’s Moonshot concept quickly made its way to Oona Doherty, Creative Initiatives Director at Center for the Arts. At the time, Oona was searching for new ways to activate Town Enclosure pavilion (Carney Logan Burke Architects and Jackson Hole Public Art) in The Center Park in the wintertime, and Bland’s concept was an ideal fit for the location. Within a few weeks, Doherty, on behalf of The Center, commissioned Bland and his design team, Lewis Smirl and Lucas Ayoub, to create a site-specific snow art installation in the park and on the roof of the facility.
Artists: @blandhoke & @andlewissmirltoo