Solstice celebration of art and conservation

WILSON, WY — The longest day of the year is just around the corner, and for the sixth year running, R Park is the place to celebrate.

Rendezvous “R” Park is ringing in Summer Solstice with its sixth annual Solstice Celebration Friday, June 21. It’s a celebration of the season, but it’s also a chance to honor local art and conservation working together to create something truly one-of-a-kind.

R park’s solstice celebration will feature the fifth installation of FoundSpace, a partner project between the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) and Jackson Hole Public Art (JHPA). FoundSpace is a collection of temporary, innovative installations created from or inspired by objects found in nature and conserved public land access. R Park is the perfect venue. The project is designed to encourage access to and exploration of protected open spaces via interactions with nature through art.

Bland Hoke’s project, for example, is an entire world constructed in the trees called the “Isle of Treepoli.” Treepoli is home to Treepolians, who sneakily watch you from their small tree homes.

Treepoli is a whole world, in miniature. Photo: Lucas Ayoub,

Participating artists Hoke, Matt Daly, Jenny Dowd, Brittany Hill, Bronwyn Minton, and Ben Roth have all used natural objects that celebrate and represent the nature, history, and wildlife of R Park. Each artist will be on site during the June 21 celebration.

“FoundSpace represents a sweet spot in our community where we can use our imaginations to explore natural spaces,” said Carrie Geraci, executive director of JH Public Art. “The artists have explored R Park with community members and groups this year and their installations represent all who have joined them on their journey for inspiration.”

No party is complete without food, drink, and music. Complimentary beverages for people of all ages will be available, including free beer from Roadhouse Brewing and wind from The Liquor Store of Jackson Hole. Streetfood JH will also be serving their infamous tacos for just $2.

“R Park’s Annual Solstice Celebration has become a beloved community event offering activities for all on this special day, “ said Laurie Andrews, President of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. “It is the ideal locale to explore the intersection of art and conservation, and all partners are thrilled for the culmination of FoundSpace to take place at this special property, on this special day.”

The first 200 event attendees to visit all five of the installations throughout the park will receive a custom, limited-edition FoundSpace Chico bag featuring artwork by Cal Brackin.

The party starts at 5 p.m. and will go until 8 p.m. The FoundSpace installations will remain in place until August 15.

R Park is located on the corner of Highway 22 and the Teton-Village Road (4270 River Springs Drive, Wilson). Parking will be available at Stilson lot, and participants are encouraged to use alternative forms of transportation to attend, such as START Bus or the community pathways. A bike valet will be available courtesy of Friends of Pathways. FoundSpace is supported in part by funding from the Wyoming Arts Council, the Center of Wonder, and Arts For All.


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