Subaru of America, Inc., in partnership with Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Public Art and the Teton County School District, recently unveiled a set of art installations designed to raise awareness of reducing waste in the park and encouraging recycling for all those visiting Grand Teton National Park. The two projects debuted at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park, where an estimated 100,000 visitors will view the artwork through July 30, 2017.
The art installations were designed and executed by students in Jackson Hole High School’s Fabrication Lab under the guidance of Jackson Hole Public Art’s professional artist-on-staff, Bland Hoke, and funded by Subaru of America, Inc. as part of its Zero Landfill Initiative. Through this initiative, Subaru has shared its knowledge of zero landfill practices with the national parks and continues to work with three pilot parks – including Grand Teton – with a goal of significantly reducing waste going into landfills.
“We are amazed at the creativity behind each art installation by the students at Jackson Hole High School. This program really encourages visitors to think about how recycling can reduce waste going into landfills,” stated Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “The younger generations will be a driving force in guiding the planet to a greener future and Subaru is proud to support these students in that journey.”
The first art installation, titled STREAM (Science, Technology, Recycling, Engineering, Arts, Math), measures 25 feet high by 45 feet long and is comprised of repurposed wood and a flowing stream of recycled water bottles and shimmering rainbow trout coated with La Croix can scales – the largest trout measuring an impressive six feet long. This project visualizes the 2016 recycling diversion rate, comprised of aluminum and plastic both materials collected for recycling and those materials disposed of in the waste stream. Outside on the terrace, a sculptural river flows overhead depicting the materials not collected for recycling. Inside, a smaller portion of material depicts the ratio of materials collected for recycling.
The second art installation, titled Mountain Recycling Bin, is fabricated out of steel in the shape of three Teton peaks, each with a clear window that displays three commonly collected recycled materials; glass, aluminum and #1 plastic. To address the problem of contamination by mixing materials, the students chose to showcase the recycled materials in an engaging way. Using hammers and blenders, they processed glass, plastic and aluminum into different sized particles and filled a container with the smallest particles on the bottom and recognizable recycled materials at the top of the mountain.
“The most important thing I will take away from this project is the importance of working with a team. Throughout this project, I’ve learned that working with organizations like Jackson Hole Public Art, Grand Teton National Park, Subaru and my teammates really makes a project a lot better. I think this is definitely something I will take with me into the real world, as it will benefit me in the future.” – Morana, student.
“My idea for this project revolved around the idea of zero landfill. I find this to be very important for people to know that instead of throwing away all of our recyclables, we can be more effective and interactive by using these bins.”
– Ashley, student.
The creative partnership between Subaru, Grand Teton National Park, Teton County School District and Jackson Hole Public Art equipped students with in-depth knowledge of the waste stream in the National Park and Teton County, and engaged students as ambassadors of the park. For more information about the Subaru zero landfill initiative, visit www.Subaru.com/environment