Patrick Dougherty Creates at the Garden
Preparation for the Exhibit
Internationally renowned artist Patrick Dougherty artist-in-residence at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, May 2 - 22, 2011, during "Meadowmorphosis"
See photos of Patrick Dougherty's Work
For three weeks in May, visitors to the Garden will witness the creation of a monumental, site-specific sculpture made entirely of woven sticks and twigs by internationally renowned artist Patrick Dougherty. Dougherty arrives at the site of each new installation with no preconceptions as to what he will create. Using locally gathered natural materials and drawing on inspiration from the surrounding environment, he designs larger-than-life sculptures that may remind visitors of a nest, cocoon, or even a fairy dwelling.
Dougherty will leave the Garden a distinctive architectural element that will remain in the Anderson Meadow for as long as it survives in the natural environment. To date, Patrick Dougherty has completed more than 175 works at gardens, universities, and museums throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Dougherty's new book, "Stickwork" was also recently featured in People Magazine. To view more of Patrick Dougherty’s projects, visit his website at www.stickwork.net.
FALL 2010: SITE PREP
In preparation for Dougherty's installation, the Garden is working to create a perfect spot for the sculpture. The Anderson Meadow, just west of the Conservatory and above Sydnor Lake, offers both a majestic viewing point and friendly access for visitors who are curious to learn about Dougherty's work and the creation process. As this recent New York Times article describes, much of the process is about interacting with visitors. The finished product is a collaborative effort of Garden volunteers, Dougherty and his asisstant.
In October of 2010 during HandsOn Greater Richmond Day, the Garden was lucky enough to have volunteers help us prepare the Anderson Meadow into a beautiful wildflower oasis for Dougherty's installation. Volunteers planted Black-Eyed Susan, Rough-Stemmed Goldenrod, Gayfeather, Aster tataricus 'Jin Dai', Chrysopis villosa, Helianthus, Willow Leaf Sunflower, Schizachyrium 'Prairie Blues', Andropogon gerardii, Rough Blazing Star, and Missouri Cone Flower. These wildflowers will provide a colorful backdrop for the sculpture.
From May 2 – 4, 2011, internationally renowned artist Patrick Dougherty and a team of area volunteers harvested local sticks and saplings for a monumental, site-specific sculpture planned at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The materials were procured in a sustainable manner by thinning trees on private, rural tracts of land. Three to five tractor trailer loads of sticks and saplings were collected and transported to the Garden during the three-day period.
The Virginia Department of Forestry worked closely with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Dougherty to identify material sources. Private landowners in Chesterfield and Hanover Counties will provide access to red maple and sweet gum.
A team of local volunteers from the Garden assisted Dougherty in the harvesting, as well as the construction of the sculpture. Dougherty is artist-in-residence at the Garden from May 2 – 22, providing these volunteers a once-in-a-lifetime experience and offering visitors a rare glimpse into the creative process. Since the sculpture will be built in the Anderson Wildflower Meadow, the Garden is calling this time-frame “Meadowmorphosis.”
Sticking with it: Sapling structure at Lewis Ginter; Richmond Times-Dispatch; May 14, 2011
Sculpting with Sticks and Stones; Daily Press; May 14, 2011
Virginia This Morning; WTVR-6; May 13, 2011
Here's Looking at You; photo by Richard Levy
Uff Da Palace, The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, photo by Todd Hulvihill
Close Ties, photo by Fin Macrae
Patrick Dougherty at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden/Meadowmorphosis is:
Sponsored in part by:
The Peach Tree House Foundation
The Reynolds Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mooney
Mr. and Mrs. John Snow