JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Regular commuters are often the first to notice. Pedestrians are a little harder to come by in winter.
But have you seen the new installation at the ArtSpot? It looks absolutely livable! And that’s part of the point.
JH Public Art clued us in that the new ArtSpot installation by Ryan Stolp is his vision of a childhood treehouse. Stolp is a Jackson-based artist and designer who traded his usual creative tools of pen, paper, and a computer for a hammer, saw, and screws to translate his vision as an illustrator into a 3-dimensional work of art.
“The goal of this piece is to highlight how Jackson can be a kind of ‘Neverland,’ a world of community, childhood tree houses, and endless play,” Stolp said. “I want to use the Artspot to inspire childlike excitement in passers-by, that fun giddiness you get with cool treehouse forts blended with living our amazing Jackson life.”
Stolp’s proposal piqued the interest of the JH Public Art staff for its whimsical, and out of the box approach toward using Jackson’s only venue dedicated to the display of rotating artworks. The artist’s pitch also stood out because it helped to meet one of the core goals of the ArtSpot: to make people smile as they drive by.
Stolp described his work as a piece that pays tribute to the creative ways people find to build a life, a great life in an energetic community, here in Jackson.
“It is intended to be both fun—like a child’s fort or a whimsical tree house— and alerting to the serious strains on affordable housing. It captures the ideal of a cozy winter mountain bungalow full of life and passion for this place. Yet, it’s unusual location perched atop an old sign by the highway alludes to the extent to which people squeeze their lifestyle and their dreams to live here in Jackson, Wyoming.”
In the coming months the ArtSpot will host new works by David Watson, Isabel Rucker, and Bronwyn Minton. The ArtSpot is currently funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and the friends of JH Public Art. JH Public Art is actively seeking sponsors to support artist stipends.
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