WildWalls 2021

With a boost from her grandfather’s ladder, Katy Ann Fox works on her first large-scale mural project outside Trio on South Glenwood Street in late May. Fox’s permanent mural and nine other wheat-pasted temporary murals are going up around town as part of Jackson Hole Public Art’s WildWalls 2021, which will pair with an augmented reality smartphone app to promote understanding of the region’s ecosystem. JH Public Art will host a grand opening of the exhibit on June 29.

Following the fun of its latest troll initiative, JH Public Art is decking Jackson’s outdoor halls with a suite of WildWalls murals.

The two permanent installations and nine temporary wheatpasted murals, hiding mostly in east Jackson alleys, are paired with augmented reality technology that transforms the static image into live animation, giving spectators a rich look at conservation efforts in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

“My WildWalls mural is truly a community effort,” said artist Katy Ann Fox, who transformed the Trio bistro facade into a string of vibrant wildflower paintings on a bold purple background.

The work has already earned accolades on social media from fans and fellow artists such as Emily Boespflug who called Fox a “badass.”

“The conversations I had with strangers walking by or appreciative community members were so positive and invigorating,” Fox told Public Art after completing the mural. “This project really felt like a great awakening — something to shake up my days and push my artistic process but stay true to my voice.”

That 80-foot painting is paired with augmented reality stories highlighting the state of pikas, wildflowers and glaciers and explaining fire ecology, based on information provided by The Nature Conservancy and Grand Teton National Park scientists.

The stories are accessible via the Hoverlay app.

Public Art will host a free, outdoor mural walk Tuesday with the dozen-plus participating artists: Julia Brady and Lida Steves, Natalie Connell, Ryan Dee, Nicole Gaitan, Katy Ann Fox, Ava Reynolds, Helen Seay, Shannon Troxler, Drew Yerkovich, Dan Toro and folks from the University of Wyoming Migration Initiative.

The walk starts at the Center for the Arts Glenwood Street parking area at 5:30 p.m. and will also feature a live wheatpaste demo and tunes from KHOL community radio DJs. Community members are encouraged to wrap up their tour at the Anvil Hotel for a complimentary Glorietta Trattoria gelato.

A full map of the WildWalls Murals can be found at JHPublicArt.org.

Editor in Chief Johanna Love has covered the Jackson Hole community as part of the News&Guide staff since 1998. She took the helm of the newsroom in 2017. She fields story tips and kudos as well as criticism and questions.

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