Greater Yellowstone Proposals
Central to Greater Yellowstone is a series of proposals for site-specific landscape installations. I interviewed a range of Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem stakeholders about land-use roles and conservation interests. The one-page unsolicited proposals are suggestions— and some critiques— inspired by conversations with grassroots activists, government agencies, non-profit conservation groups, and recreational sports enthusiasts.
"C.W.D. Wagon" for Sierra Club, Wyoming Chapter: Roadside installation to build public awareness for Chronic Wasting Disease. The transmissible neurological disease of deer and elk now threatens both wildlife and regional tourism economy within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Lettering by John Cronan.
“Hashtag Wildfire” for National Park Service: Temporary landscape installation as part of Fire Ecology Awareness Week in Grand Teton National Park to communicate wildfire’s integral role in the function and biodiversity of natural habitats within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
“Blaze Barn Billboard” for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Roadside barn billboard on Route 81 by National Elk Refuge features interchangeable reflective canvas letters for public safety updates and seasonal announcements. Bold “bit-map shingle” blaze camouflage captures attention to creatively communicates important messages to Jackson Hole visitors and residents alike. Lettering by John Cronan.
“Glamp Towers” for Teton County Historic Preservation Board: Embrace the spirit of kitsch as regional identity with mobile architecture and help celebrate 50 years of the Teton County Historic Preservation Board. Temporary Glamp Towers support the TCHPB’s vision as a nationally recognized steward of Teton County's evolving historic places and buildings. Wedding parties still welcome.
“Viewfinder” for Protect Our Winters: Roadside View Finder constructed of lodgepole pine to frame Teton Range along Route 81, Wyoming. Temporary installation for Protect Our Winters, an organization with a “mission is to engage and mobilize the winter sports community to lead the fight against climate change.”
“Itty Bitty Teton Yurt Development” for Jackson Town Council: Controversial Teton Yurt development in response to the affordable housing crisis gripping the working class within Teton County.
“Osprey Perch Nest” for Craighead Beringia South: Celebrate the Teton Osprey habitat with Scotty Craighead’s icosahedron inspired nesting perch. Purple camouflage draws attention of motorists with a nod to the visual language of distant Teton Range
“Western Land Bank” for Teton County Housing Authority: Mural on known land bank property to visualize the long-term investment practice and its role in the local workforce housing crisis within the Jackson, Wyoming.
“Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Signs” for National Park Hikers: Hand crafted signs on recycled wood reminding backcountry hikers that the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
“Ranching Distress Map” for the Environment: Celebrate the "Ranching Tradition" with authentic trophy; cowhide ecological distress map of USA.
“Ecological Tantrum” for All: Barn advertisement for the ever-increasing Ecological Tantrum phenomena spreading throughout the American West like wildfire. Lettering by John Cronan.