FACT SHEET: National Museum of Wildlife Art Sculpture Trail January 12, 2012 | Categories: Sculpture Trail
FACT SHEET: National Museum of Wildlife Art Sculpture Trail
Summary: New three quarter-mile outdoor art venue for the National Museum of Wildlife Art, designed by Walter Hood and located on the museum’s site in Jackson Hole , Wyoming, overlooking the National Elk Refuge. The sculpture trail will feature nearly 30 permanent and temporary works of art, an “edge trail” and an amphitheater and will connect to the North Highway 89 Pathway from Jackson for easy bike/hike access.
Opening Date: September 2012
Landscape Architect: Walter Hood, known for his innovative, environmentally sensitive and people-friendly public spaces, including the grounds for the De Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Hood, who works from his Hood Design Studio in Oakland, Calif., and serves as a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, was named a 2011 “Character Approved” honoree, “changing the face of American Culture” by USA Network.
Sculptures: Important pieces include a casting of Simon Gudgeon’s streamlined bronze bird form“Isis” that was installed in London’s Hyde Park in 2009, a life-size elk bronze titled “Black Timber Bugler” by Tim Shinabarger, and eight larger-than-life bison in a sculpture by Richard Loffler called “Buffalo Trail” to be installed on the hillside with its own separate path.
Design Concept: Makes best use of the museum’s butte-side vantage point with minimal disruption of existing land contours. “Edge trail” allows for display of key works against Gros Ventre Range backdrop, and a naturally sheltered amphitheater space near the museum entrance will be used for summer programs. The trail connects to a Jackson-to-Grand Teton National Park bike/hike pathway via a new underpass.
Stone: The amphitheater and trail will be constructed using two types of specially-sourced stone – fossil-rich Frontier stone and Farmer’s Beam stone from Oklahoma, so called because farmers historically used it for walls and fences.