SNAPPED: Stickum Up! turns alley into art

JACKSON, WY — The alley that runs behind Pinky G’s Pizzeria just got more colorful.

Jackson Hole Public Art spent the afternoon on May 29 pasting murals by local artists to the alley’s walls. Thanks to their annual project “Sickum Up! Jackson,” the whole stretch of the alley east of Jackson Street is now adorned with local art.

Just behind the Elk’s Club, you’ll find Miranda Raposa’s mural. It started as a product of boredom in her high school art class — Raposa just celebrated her last day of high school. She drew the mountains, and just kept going. It feels “pretty cool” to see her art on such a huge, and public, scale.

The murals aren’t painted directly on the walls. They’re actually blown-up prints of original pieces. They’re pasted to the walls using papier-mache-like wheat paste. It’s strong enough to stick through the summer, or so Public Arts Executive Director Carrie Geraci hopes, but impermanent enough to come off with a power washer. Geraci hopes the murals will stay on the walls until Fall Arts Fest.

Next to each mural is a map that shows where to find the rest of the murals if you want to seek them all out. But being surprised by art might be part of the fun.

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