From the simplicity of the form to the depth of the art: Town Enclosure, a laminated wood installation - TimberOnWeb
Town Enclosure is both a place for community engagement and a space for artistic expression. The design is flexible, always open to the public, and usable in a variety of ways, both formal and spontaneous, fostering artistic experiences en plein air
Town Enclosure is an art installation designed by CLB Architects and commissioned by Jackson Hole Public Art with support from the Center for the Arts, Jackson businesses and private donors. Developed as part of the Center for the Art's Creative in Residence Program, Town Enclosure was conceived as a gathering place but is also a sculptural art installation. Originally located in Town Square Park in downtown Jackson, the installation is being moved to Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman, Montana, in 2021
The installation composed of a series of cross-laminated wood panels ranging in width between 7-a-12 feet, arranged in a circular fashion on a circumference 52 feet in diameter. The panels, another 13.3 feet, instead of being positioned radially, are parallel to each other; the spaces created by this arrangement invite exploration. From a distance, the composition acknowledges its mountainous surroundings as it engages passersby and serves as a playful counterpoint to its natural environment. Its form is derived from mountain place-making symbols, as well as iconic landmarks such as the West Buttress of the Grand Teton
Town Enclosure's simultaneous transparency and opacity create layers of interpretation, lending depth and complexity to the otherwise simple form. True engagement happens when you move in and around it.
The installation has received a variety of accolades, including design awards from the AIA Western Mountain Region, Jacques Benedict Award, Architizer A+ Awards, and Rethinking the Future.