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Weaving Sticks Into Art

 

For nearly three decades, 76-year-old environmental artist Patrick Dougherty has built amazing structural designs out of something as simple as sticks.

You’re invited to see his latest “Stickwork” installation — entitled “Sea Change” — at the Naples Botanical Garden, where Dougherty, his son and nearly 100 volunteers transformed more than 30,000 pounds of willow saplings into a 70-foot-long immersive structure that will be on display through the rest of the year.

Woven from long, slim tree saplings shaped by hand into rounded, swooping forms, the massive structure allows you to walk under willowed branches that replicate the feelings of waves and swirling water.

Dougherty has created interactive community art installations all over the world, instantly recognizable by their organic, twisting forms made of sticks and whimsical silhouettes.  For more on his unique works of art, click here and for a fun time-lapse glimpse of creating “Sea Change,” watch the video below.

The Naples Botanical Garden is located at 4820 Bayshore Drive in Naples.  For more information, visit naplesgarden.org or call 239-643-7275.

 

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