Electrical box wraps going up on Lander’s Main Street

h/t AtLAS for all the photos

You may have seen wrap installations starting on Lander’s Main Street in the last week or maybe you’ve seen a few Facebook posts sharing the amazing art that will be on the wraps. County 10 connected with Promoting Arts in Lander Schools (PALS) Director and AtLAS Coordinator Rebecca Eggli about these new installations.

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Rebecca shared, this project is made possible by a Lander Art Center organization At Lander Arts and Sciences (AtLAS). “The goal of AtLAS is to combine the amazing science and art communities in Lander to create community engagement projects; we want to create beautiful works of art around Lander that highlight important environmental issues.” Their latest project ‘Popo Agie Gold’ highlights the importance of the Popo Agie Watershed and “how we can be good stewards of the watershed.”

A call for artists was sent out earlier this summer looking for artwork that celebrated Wyoming’s watersheds, in particulcar, the Popo Agie Watershed. The selection committee was comprised of members of the AtLAS working group which included Sophie Barksdale (Lander Art Center Board member), Sam Rastatter (Lander Art Center Acting Director), Nancy Pieropan (Lander Art Center Board member), Rene Schell (Wyoming Game and Fish Education Specialist), David Morneau (Popo Agie Conservation District Conservation Technician), Rajean Strube Fossen (City of Lander Assistant Mayor), and Rebecca Eggli (AtLAS Coordinator and PALS Director).

The selection committee chose five Wyoming artists for this project. 

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Rebecca shared, the wraps are funded by the City of Lander, the Wyoming Game and Fish Worth-the-Watching Grant, the Popo Agie Conservation District Community Enhancement Grant, the Langston Family Foundation, and the Wyoming Wildlife Foundation. Shirts & More has helped us with the layout of the artwork and the installation.

The wraps are expected to last 3-4 years. Rebeccea noted, “we would like to see new artwork every 3-4 years with a new theme.”

The electrical boxes on Main Street are the property of WYDOT. The City of Lander helped AtLAS obtain the required permit for the installation. WYDOT also had to approve the artwork and installation.

Two more public art projects are in the works:

  • A mural on the restrooms in City Park by the Lions Shelter that will be painted by Snow Deep Designs
  • A mural going up on the retaining wall on the Barney Riverwalk; a call for proposals is out right now and they are due Sept. 29th

Rebecca shared, some of our other funders include: The Nature Conservancy, Lander District Rec Board, Wyoming Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Lander, Water for Wildlife Foundation, Western Native Trout Initiative, Wyoming Business Council, Healthy Rivers Initiative, Department of Environmental Quality, Kane Family Foundation, Project Learning Tree, and the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Click on the photo below to view the gallery of pieces from each artist (h/t AtLAS for all the photos). To read more about each artists and their artwork, visit the AtLAS Facebook page

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