Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jackson Hole Public Art Initiative selects Don Rambadt's design for underpass project

Jackson Hole Public Art Initiative, Jackson Hole Community Pathways and the National Museum of Wildlife Art are pleased to announce that artist Don Rambadt has been selected to create public art for the retaining walls framing the North Highway 89 Underpass that connects to the Museum’s new sculpture trail.

The main features of Rambadt’s proposal (see artist's rendering above)are called “Sky Play” and “Aspen Gateway”. The artwork depicts a large group of young Ravens at play. The object of the flock’s attention is its stick-toting leader, a reference to the remarkably intelligent Raven’s use of tools, and its family’s unique position as the only birds that fashion and keep their favorite “toys”. The birds will be created in carbon steel plate supported by Corten steel panels.

Aspen Gateway presents the viewer with a stylized view of an Aspen grove, executed in mirror-polished stainless steel with a black background to accentuate the forms of the trees. “The steep, out-swept angle of the wing-walls presents a wonderful opportunity to reflect the sweeping scenery of the Elk Refuge on the surface of the artwork, while the subtle forms of the trees and the abstract shapes between the reflected images will prepare the viewers mind and eye for the artists’ visions that await them at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.”

Installation will take place this fall and into 2012.

FMI: Jackson Hole Public Art Initiative, Carrie Geraci / Director, 307-413-1474,

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