"Town Enclosure" – Carney Logan Burke Architects’ Public Art Project Opens in Jackson, WY

  • JACKSON, Wyoming
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  • June 27, 2018

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Photo credit: Matthew Millman

Carney Logan Burke Architects’ new temporary public art sculpture "Town Enclosure" officially opened on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in The Center Park Jackson, WY. Commissioned  by Jackson Hole Public Art and Center for the Arts’ 2018 Creative in Residence program, this was the winner of a competition to design the 2018 Pavilion Project. Town Enclosure is both a sculpture and an accessible gathering space, welcoming a diverse range of both informal and programmed performing and visual arts events.

The visually powerful design is elegant in its simplicity, consisting of a circle of timber panels, sourced from sustainably managed forests. Angled inwards and evenly spaced four feet apart, one side of each is painted in black. This creates a space that is simultaneously open and closed, changing according to the viewer’s position. From Cache Street and Hansen Avenue, it appears mostly opaque, but from the Center and Snow King Mountain it is nearly transparent. Each plane also creates shadows, which change during the day. The fluidity of this design encourages movement around and through the structure, so that viewers gain the full experience.

Carney Logan Burke Architects was inspired by the local environment, referencing fences and corrals from the mountain west region. The structure has a limited material footprint, demonstrating their commitment to sustainability. The foundation is made of re-usable steel covered by a circular gravel field, using no concrete at all. When Town Enclosure is removed from the park, only a small quantity of sod will be required for restoration.

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

Town Enclosure is a temporary project, installed for one year, with the intention of drawing people into the park and providing a platform for creative expression.  It will serve as a venue for both the creative community and the public, welcoming an array of performing and visual arts, exhibitions, and classes. Residents of The Center for the Arts, non-profits, and community groups are encouraged to propose events and experiences, giving them a unique opportunity to experiment with and test out free, accessible, gateway arts experiences with the public.

“This competition was only open to local artists and architects, an opportunity to highlight the talented pool of creative professionals working in Jackson. The selection panel chose Carney Logan Burke Architects’ submission as a sculptural form and for its ability to serve as an inspiring setting to make, practice and perform a variety of art forms,” said Carrie Geraci, Jackson Hole Public Art Director. “We hope that Town Enclosure will help grow future arts audiences and raise the visibility of the vibrant art making that takes place within the community”.

About Carney Logan Burke Architects

Established in 1992, Carney Logan Burke Architects is a studio-based practice offering a responsive, design-focused approach which integrates with the landscape and culture of the Rocky Mountain West region. The firm’s design philosophy is guided by the power of landscape, the quality of light and a collaborative engagement with clients. Led by Principals John Carney, Eric Logan, Kevin Burke and Andy Ankeny, the Jackson studio has grown to accommodate a staff of more than 40. In 2017, the firm opened a full-service design studio in Bozeman.


About Jackson Hole Public Art

Jackson Hole Public Art forges partnerships for the integration of art into any environment, to inspire lasting cultural, educational and economic benefits. As public art practitioners, JHPA works to activate our community’s gathering spaces with temporary and permanent sculpture that reflects community character and values.


About The Center

The Center is a hub for the artistic, cultural and creative activity in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, housing 19 local, regional, and state-wide non-profit organizations. Its Creative in Residence Program provides support and space for guests to work at The Center along with the artistic community by highlighting an interdisciplinary process and resulting in an impactful and inspiring end product.

Josefine Milora
Susan Grant Lewin Associates

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