Dan Toro is a mural expert. The University of Wyoming grad has painted on public walls in Buffalo, Laramie and Charleston, West Virginia, among other places. His work incorporates local culture into a graphic stencil and spray paint style.
Earlier this year, Toro was selected by a panel of stakeholders and art connoisseurs to create a mural on the east-facing side of Snake River Brewing as a centerpiece for Jackson Hole Public Art's upcoming "Wild Walls" event. He is currently hard at work painting after Snake River employees helped him prep the wall.
Toro was selected from the 77 artists who tossed their hats in the ring. His design was chosen unanimously by the panel from among the four artists who were asked to create mock-ups for the project.
The mural depicts a Snake River Cutthroat Trout against a peeling crayfish wallpaper background. The upper edge of the peeling wallpaper resembles the skyline of the central Tetons and cracks in the wall follow the outline of the Snake River watershed.
The mural will be the centerpiece of "Wild Walls," where Jackson Hole Public Art and Protect Our Water JH will collaborate with local artists to install wheat-pasted murals all over Jackson. Observers can download an app that will show the murals coming to life through their smartphone through augmented reality technology. The goal of the project includes educating citizens about water quality issues.