Recycled Elk Herd Exhibit for Earth Week

In efforts to raise student awareness about one-use plastics, over 350 students in the Jackson area came together to create life-sized elk sculptures from recycled material.  The entire elk herd will be installed at a day long EarthFilm Festival at the Center for Arts on Sunday, April 18.

The Summit High School Art class's first recycled Elk frolics in the rocks outside The Center for Arts waiting for the company of the rest of the herd.

After the EarthFilm Festival, the Recycled Elk herd will migrate to the EcoFair the following Saturday, April 24.  The herd will conclude its migration path at the Recycling Center, where the elk will be installed on a hillside near collection bins, then dismantled and recycled.

The first elk was made by the 8th grade art classes and additional elk are being made by the second graders. The sculptures were created by the following schools:

  • JH Middle School (Wendy Rominger’s 8th grade Digital Media Class)
  • JH High School English Language Learners (Ellen Kappus’ Level 1 & 2)
  • JH High School (Ellie Oksanen’s 3-Dimensional Art Class)
  • Summit High School Art Class (Michelle Farrier’s Art Class)
  • The Teton Mentor Project, Red Top Meadow’s Students
  • All eight Jackson Elementary School 2nd grade classes  (with Becky Struble)

Upon completion of this project, the Recycling Center will provide every student in the county with a steel water bottle.  This project was funded in part by the Micro Grant Fund of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole

One 2nd grade class proudly displays their recycled elk in progress.
The 8th graders at JH Middle School were the first to complete a full elk.
Summit students creating their recycled masterpiece.

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