Elk shed climbable sculpture is culmination of two-year partnership

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – It’s a giraffe, it’s a pterodactyl, it’s an octopus. No…it’s an elk shed climbable sculpture! The elk shed sculpture is the final stage of a two-year partnership with Jackson Hole Public Art and the Jackson Hole High School Fabrication Lab (FabLab).

The project started in the fall of 2016 as an afterschool program called “Design To Climb.” JH Public Art Artist in Residence, Bland Hoke, and a JHCM educator led 25 3rd-5th grade students through an eight-week design program. Students learned basic design concepts, experimented with different materials and scale, and were ultimately tasked with designing an outdoor climbable sculpture for the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum.

The ideas and models of those 25 students were transferred to the High School FabLab students, who then condensed the design information into one final concept that was presented to the Children’s Museum community. Over the last year, the concept was taken from prototype to reality by artist Bland Hoke.

The final design is inspired by the natural form of an elk antler, and includes many of the playful design concepts that were presented in the students’ original models.

“It is truly magnificent,” said Jean Lewis, Jackson Hole Children’s Museum Executive Director. “This project and process represents what engaging education can and should look like. It represents the Children’s Museum and all that we strive for in education—project-based, collaborative, relevant and engaging.”


Join the Children’s Museum for an official elk shed opening and celebration at the Museum at 174 N. King Street on Saturday, November 10 at 12:30pm. 

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