Happy Trails in Jackson Hole for Wildlife Sculptures January 14, 2012 | Categories: Sculpture Trail
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – January 14, 2011 – The installation of sculptor Sandy Scott’s massive bronze work “Presidential Eagle” on June 14, 2012 will mark the grand opening of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s new Sculpture Trail. The three-quarter-mile long trail, designed by renowned landscape architect Walter Hood, was completed last fall and has already become a popular site for outdoor events. With the official opening of the multimillion-dollar Sculpture Trail, the National Museum of Wildlife Art joins top museums with significant outdoor art venues in a way that remains uniquely in keeping with its rugged Wyoming setting overlooking the National Elk Refuge just north of Jackson.
Award-winning Wyoming sculptor Sandy Scott will be on hand at the museum for the June 14 opening and installation of her first casting of “Presidential Eagle,” so named because another casting resides in the Clinton Presidential Library. Additional major pieces scheduled for installation on the museum’s sculpture trail over the course of the summer include a casting of Simon Gudgeon’s streamlined 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 giant bison in a 64-foot-long work by Richard Loffler called “Buffalo Trail” to be installed on the hillside with its own separate path. The museum’s sculpture trail is planned to feature nearly 30 permanent and temporary works of art.
As part of his concept for the new sculpture trail, Walter Hood, known for his innovative and people-friendly designs of such high-profile public spaces as the grounds for the De Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, makes best use of the museum’s spectacular Jackson Hole vantage point with minimal disruption of the land’s existing contours. An “edge trail” allows for the display of key works against the spectacular backdrop of the Gros Ventre Range, a naturally sheltered amphitheater space near the museum’s front entrance will be used for summer programs, and the trail connects to the town of Jackson via a bicycling/hiking pathway.
A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of museum exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org. The museum is also active on Facebook at wildlifeartjh and on Twitter at @wildlifeartjh.
Image Credit: Left, casting of Presidential Eagle at Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas: Sandy Scott (United States, b. 1943), Presidential Eagle, 2012. Bronze. Gift of Joy and Tony Greene, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Sandy Scott; right, museum guest enjoys new Jackson Hole Sculpture Trail view.