Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Summer Palace, by Patrick Dougherty

This 25 foot sculpture was built on the grounds of the Morris Arboretum in April of 2009. Partick Doughtery worked with 75 volunteers over a 19 day period. They used locally gathered materials: willow, dogwood, maple and birch. (No nails or hardware were used.)


It was very humbling to walk into something so structurally strong which felt like it had been woven by a bird (ie. as in bird's nest).


The third photo is looking through one of the outer walls into an inner chamber. I noticed a few of the willow branches had started to grow and had sent out leaves. How amazing it would be to weave a home and then have the whole thing take root and grow!