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    The Snake Creek Road will be closed from the park boundary into the park to begin work on campsites, trails and restroom improvements. Work will continue until snow closes the project. Work will resume in Spring 2015.

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    Beginning July 8, 2014 and continuing through the end of August there will be road work at Great Basin National Park on paved roads throughout the park. Delays of 10 minutes or less may occur. Updated 8/12/2014 More »

2011: Sculptor Joe Norman

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Examples of 2011 Artist-in-Residence table art.

Joe Norman

The 2011 Artist-in-Residence Joe Norman graduated with a degree in Product Design and worked with several design consulting firms for a number of years on projects ranging from children's toys to fast food to sport utility vehicles to cleaning products. He then taught art and science at the middle and high school levels before focusing on handmade and site-specific furniture and sculpture, specifically that which builds environments that support and promote communities. Many of his designs are direct results of working with schools, families, and businesses to develop places that encourage people to work and be together in positive ways.

Joe works mainly by sculpting found materials. Often times these materials have lived their 'useful' life and are discarded. Many still have an emotional resonance, though; they are like the smell of a favorite food from childhood that sends us back through decades of memories. He believes that we have spent our entire lives building relationships with bicycles, ammunition casings, and plywood even if we're never owned any of them. We know what they were used for, and when presented in a new and beautiful way that relationship continues.

Joe's work can be seen at www.blueboathomedesign.com.

Artist Joe Norman
Joe Norman
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Artist Joe Norman
Joe Norman

Did You Know?

Great Basin Night Sky

According to the National Park Night Sky Team, Great Basin National Park is one of the best parks for viewing star-filled night skies!