HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville Botanical Garden adds a new art installation for visitors! The semi-permanent exhibit is called ‘Stickwork’ - by North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty.
Huntsville Botanical Garden said Dougherty, "Inspired by his love of nature and empowered by his skills in carpentry and sculpture, Dougherty has built over 300 Stickwork installations around the world and has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, Japan-US Creative Arts Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship."
The giant sculpture spearheaded by Dougherty is made up of locally sourced sapling branches.
More than 100 community volunteers pitched in to construct the sculpture by harvesting and weaving the local sapling branches.
Coordinators say work began February 7, and will be completed by the end of February. They say the new installation helps connect visitors to both art and nature.
“Honestly it really brings our mission to connecting people to plants to life. So, all the sticks in this exhibit are locally sourced from amazing donors, and landowners that we’ve had in the area that have let us come onto their site and harvest all the sticks, mostly sweet gum, but also some maple and some askew,” said Huntsville Botanical Garden Director of Learning & Public Engagement, Rebecca Turk.
It’ll be open to the public March 4th, Friday. The experience is included with regular daytime Garden admission and free for Garden members. For more details, click here!
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