Jackson's Museum of Wildlife Art

A new sculpture trail at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyo., overlooks the National Elk Refuge.

Black Timber Bugler elk sculpture, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyo., image

Tim Shinabarger's Black Timber Bugler forever seeks a mate.

What happens when an urban landscape architect tackles an assignment at the base of the Tetons? See for yourself along a new sculpture trail at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, near Jackson, Wyo.

“I’ve probably never worked in such a changing landscape,” says designer Walter Hood, whose recent installations include gardens at San Francisco’s ultramodern de Young Museum and public spaces in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pa. “Every time I visited, I saw something else.” His vision soon outgrew the museum staff ’s ideas. “They wanted a trail around a parking lot,” he says.

About 30 sculptures will eventually line the undulating trail, which winds three-quarters of a mile across a butte above the National Elk Refuge. Some pieces—among them Black Timber Bugler by Tim Shinabarger—are already in place. Others going in this year include Isis, a 10-foot-tall casting by British artist Simon Gudgeon, and Buffalo Trail, a 64-foot-long grouping of seven bison by Richard Loffler. Wide wooden benches now dot the trail, which is open to visitors without charge. (307) 733-5771, wildlifeart.org.

Photography courtesy of Tim Shinabarger

This article was first published in July 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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