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WonderSpot is a public art installation space which is seen by more than 30,000 people who drive by it, on average, per day. Artists whose projects are chosen for this unique presentation space receive a stipend for their work.
Danny Shervin was an amateur rocket builder in his youth, and by an amateur, we mean that he simply wanted to pour gunpowder in a tube and see how high it would go. His rockets didn’t make it off the pad before blowing up.
It wasn’t all a loss, though. Some gunpowder spilled on a white table and turned into a canvas, resulting in a burned image and the birth of a gunpowder artist. For the past six years, Danny has been committed to understanding the challenges and potential of working with the flammable medium.
Danny’s newest work is now making a mark on the WonderSpot. When Jackson Hole Public Art approached Danny to create a large installation for the WonderSpot, Danny saw it as a big opportunity. Most of Danny’s wood canvases are 2’-4’ and making pieces for the outdoor space required creating two-10’x6’ panels.
Support from Bland Hoke, an experienced installation artist, helped Danny scale up. They created canvases of plywood layered with durable plastic sheeting. It took nearly six hours to pour and paint with the gunpowder before he set the gunpowder on fire. It took eight minutes for the pink flames to weave the canvas, leaving the burned images.
Danny created two-halves of a moose head, one side being the skull and the other a live moose. The panels were hung on Sunday and will be displayed on the WonderSpot for at least a month before finding a permanent home at Mike’s Auto Body.
For Danny, it was a unique opportunity to amplify his art and stretch his gunpowder-medium, nearly 2 lbs. of it, beyond anything he has ever tried. For Jackson Hole Public Art and Center of Wonder, it was another exciting chance to embolden a local artist to go big while showing how public art enhances our community.