FoundSpace explores the crossroads of art and land, and asks the community to participate in the artmaking process. The large-scale interactive installations created on protected properties link local artists and the community to found objects and conserved public land. Through FoundSpace, participants recover found objects and work together to create temporary interactive installations in a public open space.
In June 2017, the third iteration of FoundSpace includes five local artists (Bland Hoke, Matt Daly, Jenny Dowd, Ben Roth, and Bronwyn Minton) and will once again create installations out of gathered objects from Jackson Hole Land Trust conservation properties. This year’s installation will be at the Wilson Centennial Ponds, along the bike path between the Wilson School and the Stilson parking lot. Community gathers will take place throughout May and early June with the build event and celebration date set for June 9th at the Hardeman Meadows. The artwork will remain in place until August 14, 2017.
The inaugural FoundSpace project in August 2015 took place in Karns Meadow and featured an interactive art installation created by the Exquisite Gardeners, local artists and community members. The Jackson Hole Land Trust, in partnership with Jackson Hole Public Art and with support from Center of Wonder and the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole, invited the public to participate in the FoundSpace process, including attending gathers on Land Trust conservation easement protected properties to collect found objects, writing poetry on large letters in Karns Meadow, building or adding to a sculpture made of found objects at the installation, and celebrating a communal love for art and land at the closing party. In the summer of 2016, the project revolved around the Summer Solstice Celebration at R Park, a conserved public space, and featured four local returning FoundSpace artists and one new artist. The project drew community youth and adult groups together and resulted in a collaborative project which transformed R Park for the duration of the summer.
These videos by JenTen Productions capture the spirit of FoundSpace and the Land Trust’s mission to connect every member of the community with land.