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Opening reception Thursday, November 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Pinecrest Gardens to host internationally acclaimed American, environmental artist for a first of-its -kind artist residency during a 21-day period at Pinecrest Gardens. Patrick Dougherty will create new, site-specific sculptural work funded by the Knight Foundation and Total Bank.

Dougherty creates fantastical monumental shapes that ignite a sense of exploration with rich associations to childhood play and the shelters built by animals by intertwining twigs and branches. The sculpture will be comprised of truckloads of community sourced saplings. The installation will require the participation of 100 volunteers who will span generations in age and will add dynamic creativity to the sculpture which is built-up branch by branch and twig by twig. Because of nature of the materials used the sculpture will last about two years.

Continuing its commitment to monumental sculptural exhibition and education of new audiences, Pinecrest Gardens hopes to partner with past local exhibitors of the artist and area arts magnet programs and other cultural institutions to plan cross-institutional educational programs to include a 3-week student mentorship, film screenings, artist Q&A, student competitions, and a work -in-progress photo competition. These activities will take place during the expected two-year lifespan of the sculpture. Dougherty has created nine mammoth ephemeral works each year for more than 30 years all over the world totaling more than 265 sculptures to date.

The exhibit will include an educational component, offering an environmental art contest for student’s grades 4-12 recreate their unique version of Stickwork, as well as drop in, and structured programs surrounding Dougherty’s creation.

Interested in being a part of the creation? We need volunteers! Contact Lacey Bray, Educational Programs Coordinator for more information at  / 305.669.6990