Town Enclosure Pavilion honored at Americans for the Arts

JACKSON, WY — Americans for the Arts honored the Town Enclosure Pavilion among 50 outstanding public arts projects created in 2018 through the Public Art Network Year in Review program.

This is the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. Projects are chosen by public art experts and unveiled at Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention in Minneapolis. This is the 18th year that Americans for the Arts has recognized public artworks.

Designed by CLB Architects, the Enclosure is a structure envisioned for open spaces and the dramatic vistas of the West. The form is derived from notions of placemaking; elements from the mountain west – a fence, a corral — help to inspire its shape and material quality. The eco-minded design consists of tall panels of spruce, pine, and fir sourced from sustainably managed forests, which are deliberately arranged in a sort of circular theater. The structure has a limited material footprint, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability. The foundation and attachment pieces are steel, and no concrete is used for the foundation. Panels are angled inward, evenly spaced four feet apart, and each with one side painted black.

“The Enclosure is much more than a sculpture. It is an armature for celebration of creative activity, performance, and discovery, a backdrop for the various activities this community park supports,” said CLB Architects Principal Eric Logan.

JH Public Art proposed the pavilion concept as a temporary sculpture and a free venue for arts performance, practice, and display to Center for the Arts and was selected as The Center’s 2018 Creative in Residence curator. The Center’s Creative In Residence curatorship came with partial funding, space to display large-scale sculpture, and staff support for coordinating the use of the Enclosure.

Public art administration and fundraising for the Enclosure was provided by JH Public Art and supported by more than 40 builders, fabricators, designers, and finishers. CLB Architects created the design and construction drawings and Premier Powder Coating built and installed the sculpture with support from Two Ocean Builders and JH Public Art staff.

The Enclosure is located at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming and offers community artists and groups opportunities for free and informal art experiences. Examples of activities the Enclosure has hosted include Art Association Life Drawing with live models, musical performances by local musicians, open rehearsals of the “Normal Heart,” directed by Andrew Munz, and a blue tape mural by Joshua Doolittle.

“The best of public art can challenge, delight, educate, and illuminate. Most of all, public art creates a sense of civic vitality in the cities, towns, and communities we inhabit and visit,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “As these Public Art Network Year in Review selections illustrate, public art has the power to enhance our lives on a scale that little else can. I congratulate the artists and commissioning groups for these community treasures, and I look forward to honoring more great works in the years to come.”

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