Don’t fear the Yeti in town
September 27, 2013
If you spot what looks like a giant abominable snowman outside RAMP Sports’ ski and snowboard manufacturing factory located near the Silver Creek Business Park, there’s no need to contact the authorities; a 25-foot tall Yeti is being constructed and brought to life.
Independent ski and snowboard manufacturer RAMP Sports has partnered with an artists group that calls itself the Yeti Collective that has been working on the project throughout September and is aiming to finish its work before RAMP hosts a public art show outside its factory on November 2.
RAMP creates a lot of byproduct during the finishing process on a new pair of skis or a snowboard and it had been searching for a creative way to use it.
"This stuff was exploding from the back [of the factory]," said Vanessa Pierce, RAMP’s communications director. "We had to figure out something to do. We were looking into recycling but that costs money and we would have to ship it to Colorado. That’s just a carbon footprint as well. And we didn’t want to just throw it away, that’s horrible."
RAMP’s founder and "C.E.Snow," Mike Kilchenstein, thought "let’s create art!"
Art is in RAMP’s DNA. Riders Artists Musicians Project is the full company name and Kilchenstein thought artists could participate in an art show, using the scrap material for their various projects. He also had an idea for a large sculpture to be built in front of the factory.
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"Well it turns out, the first guys [we talked to] were part of the Yeti Collective," said Pierce. "It was a match made in heaven."
The Collective conceptualized the entire project and RAMP thought "it would be a really cool tourist attraction in Park City."
Yeti Collective is made up of a trio of artists. Daniel Bell is a glassblower who lives in Park City; his company is called Tramontane Glass. Jeremy Thomley is a steelworker from Mississippi; his company is called Mohawk Steel. Micah Goddard grew up in Park City and now lives in Salt Lake City; his company is called Satori Sunrise Studios. "I dabble in a little bit of everything, really," Goddard said.
Thomley welded the Yeti’s skeleton from repurposed steel that he brought with him from Mississippi. The outer layers of the sculpture are made from the ski byproduct that was the impetus for the project. It consists of everything in RAMP’s skis: bamboo, fiberglass, Kevlar and base material.
The Yeti’s feet are made out of prototype snowboards and the Yeti is holding a chair lift seat from the Canyons. Bell is working on the Yeti’s eyes, which are being made from blue glass repurposed from High West Distillery bottles. Bell wants the eyes, when lit from within, to be visible from the peaks of the nearby mountain resorts.
Look for the giant Yeti to be officially unveiled at RAMP’s public art show on Saturday, Nov. 2, outside their factory on 6407 Business Park Road in Park City. The show will feature works from 15 local artists using RAMP’s scrap material. The event will also include live music and a portion of proceeds will benefit the Park City Professional Artists Association and the Summit Land Conservancy. All other proceeds will go directly to the artists.
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