Patrick Dougherty's Meadowmorphosis


For three weeks in 2011, world-famous sculptor Patrick Dougherty was artist-in-residence at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  During these weeks of "Meadowmorphosis" Doughtery and his team of volunteers transformed 5 tractor trailor truckloads of sticks into a multi-room stick sculpture, Diamonds in the Rough.

The completed Diamonds in the Rough.

We captured the 3-week "Meadowmorphosis" of the Anderson Meadow in a 2-minute time-lapse film. Enjoy!



Patrick Dougherty in the Meadow

Patrick Dougherty visited Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in May 2010, a year before the sculpture was built. He chose the Anderson Wildflower Meadow as the location. "Meadowmorphosis" became the name of the process transforming this space into the site of Dougherty's sculpture.



The crew

May 2 - 4, 2011

For the first three days, Patrick Dougherty and a crew of Garden volunteers harvested local sticks and saplings in a sustainable way.


Patrick Dougherty hauling sticks

Dougherty, his assistant Andy Lynch, and volunteers harvested sweet gum and red maple saplings. The Virginia Department of Forestry helped identify private landowners' sites in Hanover and Chesterfield Counties for the harvest..



Dragging out of the woods

The courageous volunteers braved poison ivy, ticks and torrential downpours to get the material needed.









Sticks and saplings were bundled and loaded onto trucks to be transported to the Garden (Our thanks to The Davey Tree Expert Company and C.T. Purcell for their support).





Dump truck of material

More than five truckloads of material were off-loaded near the Meadowmorphosis site.





Laying out the plan May 5, 2011

Patrick Dougherty and his assistant Andy Lynch map out the footprint of the sculpture with garden hoses.




The Plan

The rough plan -- for the first time, Dougherty is using diamond shapes.





Digging holes

Seventy-six holes were dug. VCU Art students assisted; they won this opportunity!




First holes

Sticks and saplings placed in holes. Garden guests wanted to know why we were planting trees with no roots. (photo by Don Williamson)





Meanwhile, "strippers" were hard to work stripping leaves off the sticks and saplings.




First sticks

By the end of the first week, the first sticks were in place. (photo by Don Williamson)










Patrick and Andy work on the sculpture

Week of May 9, 2011
Patrick Dougherty and his assistant Andy Lynch work on the sculpture





Volunteer helping

Garden volunteers helped weave the sticks.








The stick sculpture under construction

The sculpture starts to take shape. (photo by Don Williamson).





Taking shape

Patrick Dougherty clearly takes inspiration from the site of each of his sculptures. But what will he name it? (photo by Don Williamson)





Volunteers in front of sculpture May 21, 2011

More than 70 Garden volunteers worked on the project -- what a team!




Diamonds in the Rough sculpture

May 22, 2011

The Children's Garden Spring Fling included a naming ceremony for the sculpture and made it official -- the newest jewel of the Garden is the "Diamonds in the Rough" sculpture by Patrick Dougherty.