New student mural celebrates waterways

JACKSON, Wyo. — Community Pathway users may have noticed a new mural in the tunnel just south of Garaman Park.

The work is a project by Girls Actively Participating! (GAP) in collaboration with Pathways and Jackson Hole Public Art. It came to life this winter during GAP’s after school meetings with middle school students.

The mural project is part of JH Public Art’s Wild Walls program, which helps promote a greater understanding and awareness of local water quality issues through temporary and permanent murals throughout Teton County. The mural was developed over a four-week period, with local artist Natalie Connell leading the creation and with inspiration from Protect our Water JH.

Kristin Revill, a Protect our Water JH Board Member, visited with the GAP! students early on and presented some of the common issues facing the protection of our mountain water supply. The issues that the girls sought to interpret include trash disposal, poor septic systems, pesticides on lawns and fields, and pet and livestock waste, which combine to deteriorate our water quality.

Connell and the students then brought the vision to reality in a colorful and informative 20-panel mural that extends over 80 feet.

“I really enjoyed watching the girls come to life and be empowered as they excitedly applied themselves each week to get it done,” Connell said. “I’m so proud of each of them for being willing to contribute their creativity and couldn’t be happier with how the mural turned out.”

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