Public Art Projects
The Future is Now Tunnel Mural Project
The Future is Now
A Mural by Bisco Smith
After the opioid overdoses of two Park City area youth in 2016 the community increased efforts to provide support for young people and to create pathways for inclusion of underserved residents. The PCSC Arts Council and Summit County Public Art Board partnered with Basin Recreation to create an innovative public art installation at an important community connection point. The location, a tunnel on a public pathway, had become a de facto site for graffiti and tagging, some of which was in memorial to the lost youths.
The "Future Is Now" brought a cross-section of young people together. The young artists worked alongside internationally renowned graffiti artist Bisco Smith from Queens, NY to amplify their voices and create a youth-oriented community vision for the future. The local 11- to 17-year-olds worked with Smith discussing their feelings, hopes, and concerns for the future. Their words were translated into graffiti-influenced designs and the youth and Smith transferred the images onto the large concrete "canvas" of the pedestrian tunnel.
The project was made possible through a partnership with Basin Recreation and support from Skull Candy, whose nearby headquarters hosted the student discussions.
Bisco Smith is an American contemporary artist, based in New York, recognized for his graffiti-deconstructive approach to abstract expressionism. Utilizing his understanding of space and songwriting from his early years as a graffiti writer, music maker, and graphic designer, Bisco strips his compositions to their fundamental essence of motion and rhythm while channeling the energy of a moment through gestural marks and abstracted, lyrical text. Reimagining the execution of abstract expressionist painting through his unique contemporary lens, Bisco aims to create art that inspires hope for the future. Over the past decade, Bisco has painted murals and performed live across the globe. He has partnered with creative brands including Nike, (RED), Coach, Adidas, SLS hotels, RYOT, and Hypebeast. With a resume of solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Miami, Berlin, Seattle, and Hong Kong, Bisco Smith's works are sought after by collectors and art enthusiasts worldwide.
The "Future is Now" mural is located in the pedestrian tunnel under Highway 224 connecting Redstone shopping area and the Park City Visitor's Center.
Hoytsville Historical Mural
History of Hoytsville
A Mural by Artist Sasha Primo
This Mural was created at the request of Hoytsville residents who wished to install a public art project illustrating the unique history of the North Summit region. After a Call for Artists was put out to the public, muralist Sasha Primo of Buenos Aires, Argentina was selected through a jury process by the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board. Sasha traveled to Utah to live with local families while conducting interviews with North Summit residents NaVee and Camille Vernon and Kathy Chappell, Summit County Historian Joe Frazier, Larry Cesspooch of the Ute Nation, and Lucie Washakie of the Eastern Shoshone Nation, among many other community members. Sasha also toured local landmarks and significant sites, and ran community workshops to gather information about the plants, animals, people, and symbols that represent life here. He brought his workshops to the North Summit schools as well, engaging with teacher Hannah Wilde’s high school students and teacher Heidi Robertson’s elementary students.
After 3 weeks of research, the mural was completed with help from North Summit residents and Lucie Washakie’s grandchildren. Those who assisted with the mural’s creation were invited to sign their initials on the aspen trees and add their own drawings throughout the image. The finished mural was unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 1st, 2022 with County Council.
The mural is intended to honor the natural beauty of the region, as well as to acknowledge the complexity of its history—from the First Nation People who originally inhabited this land to the pioneers who later settled here, to the farmers of sheep, dairy and beef cattle, and the mink ranchers whose industries shaped the valley—all are part of the history and living present of this land. We hope this mural is seen as a tribute to both a shared history and a connected, compassionate future.
This mural was produced by the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board and The Arts Council of Park City & Summit County, thanks to the generous funding from a Summit County RAP Tax Grant.
A Sculpture by Day Christensen
Yambow consists of hundreds of multi-colored leaves and grasses made from brass, copper and aluminum, floating throughout the luminous overhead space in the Kamas Library lobby. Maple, aspen, and spruce leaves reflect the inherent natural beauty of the Kamas Valley. The grasses and alfalfa reflect the importance of agriculture in the valley. The loose form is arranged to invoke the flow of a stream floating up through the space.
Utah artist Day Christensen has completed over 20 public works of art in the state, including a Salt Lake City TRAX Station. Yambow was made possible by Summit County’s 1% for Art policy which allocates 1% of all county capital projects to fund public art.
Yambow is located in the foyer at the library entrance.