Artist wanted to help ‘daylight’ Cache Creek Tube

JACKSON, Wyo. — Okay, artists, maybe you’ve hung your work in a gallery, but have you put a piece on a culvert? Didn’t think so.

Jackson Hole Public Art, in partnership with Teton Conservation District (TCD), seeks an artist to create one unique, iconic, and highly-recognizable graphic image or brand for the Cache Creek stormwater tube. Daylighting the Cache Creek tube will increase public education about stormwater and flood management in Jackson and will inform citizens about what they can do to improve local water quality.

“Daylighting” refers to the relatively new approach to reclaim and expose urban streams or drainages through natural, architectural, or cultural restoration.

The image selected will be reproduced as a large two-color street/sidewalk stencil and printed on aluminum signs installed in various locations from Cache Creek to Kelly Avenue, and into Karns Meadow. The artist will design the image/brand and corresponding stencil layout with content provided by TCD, and will create a simple map graphic of the three routes the stormwater system takes through the town of Jackson.

Artists living and working in Teton County are invited to apply. Artists must have strong knowledge of stencil making and/or screen printing.

A little background on a disappearing creek

Cache Creek was buried in three pipes running under the town of Jackson after it flooded in 1974. Cache Creek originates in wilderness and ends in a stormwater pipe that flows into Flat Creek in two locations. Cache Creek is Flat Creek’s largest tributary and downstream of the confluence is the beginning of Flat Creek’s “Impaired Stream” section.

Where Cache Creek daylights in select locations, such as Mike Yokel Park, the stream is just a percentage of its full size. The majority of the creek flows under Kelly Street before daylighting into Karns Meadow. Other smaller tubes take the stream north to the Elk Refuge and west to Flat Creek.

Across the country, case studies show that daylighting previously buried streams increases community livability, provides economic benefits, and improves water quality and natural habitat.

Artist proposals are due May 15 and can be submitted by email. The finalist will be notified in late May and the completed work must be submitted by June 15 with installation before July 4, 2020.

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