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CLB Architects’ Award Winning Town Enclosure Pavilion Heads To Big Sky Country

“Town Enclosure” by CLB Architects in its original location of Jackson, Wyoming.

“Town Enclosure” by CLB Architects in its original location of Jackson, Wyoming.

CLB Architects’ lauded cross-laminated-timber (CLT) art installation “Town Enclosure” is getting a new home for the new year. Originally located in Town Square Park in downtown Jackson, Wyoming, the installation was relocated to Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman, Montana in 2021.

“Town Enclosure” in Bozeman, Montana.

“Town Enclosure” in Bozeman, Montana.

The installation is a 52-foot-diameter circular array of 13.3-foot-tall, cross-laminated timber wall panels which range in width between 7-to-12 feet. Rather than radiating away from the center as spokes in a wheel, the panels are parallel and arranged the circumference of the circular form. Spaces between the panels invite exploration. From a distance, the composition acknowledges its mountainous setting, engages passersby, and serves as a sympathetic counterpoint to its natural setting. Its form is derived from symbols of placemaking in the Mountain West, such as fences and corrals, as well as from iconic landmarks like the West Buttress of the Grand Teton. Town Enclosure’s simultaneous transparency and opaqueness create layers of interpretation, lending depth and complexity to the otherwise simple form. True engagement happens as one moves around and within.

Originally commissioned by Jackson Hole Public Art with support from the Center for the Arts, Jackson businesses, and private donors, the installation was developed as part of the Center for the Art’s Creative in Residence Program. The design is flexible, always open to the public and capable of being used in a variety of ways—both formal and spontaneous—to foster artistic experiences en plein air. Town Enclosure becomes a place for community engagement and a venue for artistic expression: a place for performance and exhibition, and an armature for creative discovery.

For more from CLB Architects, be sure to check out this western home they artfully composed, as featured in the winter 2020 issue of aspire design and home magazine.

Jackson photos by Matthew Millman, Krafty Photos, Tuck Fauntleroy. Bozeman photos by Cody Brown.

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