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by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator,  & Randee Humphrey, Director of Education, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

An early Patrick Dougherty piece that he did for 1708 Gallery when it was located at 1708 East Main Street, in Shockoe Bottom.

An early Patrick Dougherty piece that he did for 1708 Gallery when it was located at 1708 East Main Street, in Shockoe Bottom.

A Dougherty Piece from Savannah College of Arts & Design.

A Dougherty Piece from Savannah College of Arts & Design.

photos of Dougherty's work from around the world. The next time you come to the Garden, make sure you take a detour to what we at the Garden call  “Ginter Gallery II”, the display area right outside the Lora Robins Library, in the Education & Library Complex building.  Right now, we have a very special photography exhibit that documents many of Patrick Dougherty’s former projects, including an early piece (1987) that he did for 1708 Gallery when it was located in its first home, on Main Street in Shockoe Bottom.  You’ll notice that along with photos, there are souvenir work gloves from past projects in faraway places, as well as a few models of past designs.  We’re at the stage in our own project when a pair of well-worn work gloves has been set aside for autographing by all those who have touched and been touched by this project, especially the hard-working volunteers.

The exhibition continues at Ginter Gallery II, through July 31, 2011.

Note: Over the next few weeks, we will bring you updates on the progress of the Patrick Dougherty stick sculpture installation at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. We are calling this 3 week transformation of the Anderson Meadow  a “Meadowmorphosis.” We will celebrate the completion of the fantasy-like structure with a naming ceremony at Spring Fling on May 22nd. When the work is complete, you will be able to walk through it and peek out openings. The sculpture will be part of the Garden’s landscape as long as Nature allows, so look forward to enjoying it with seasonal changes (and even lighted at GardenFest!)  To get an idea of the type of structure he is building, take a look at some photos of Patrick Dougherty’s other work.

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