What To Do With Tree Saplings

Stickwork Installation, Patrick Dougherty, Ackland Art Museum, 2017

Large-scale vessel forms, fashioned entirely of tree saplings, are emerging this month on the front lawn of the Ackland Art Museum in downtown Chapel Hill.

Stickwork Installation, Patrick Dougherty, Ackland Art Museum, 2017

Currently untitled, this commissioned artwork is under construction though Friday outside the university museum’s Columbia Street entrance.

Stickwork Installation, Patrick Dougherty, Ackland Art Museum, 2017

Artist Patrick Dougherty is an alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill with more than 280 of these installations to his credits.

Portals designed into the sculpture allow for human interaction with the space.

In constructing this work Dougherty is using responsibly harvested material, mostly maple and gum, from Duke Forest and Triangle Land Conservancy.

Stickwork Installation, Patrick Dougherty, Ackland Art Museum, 2017

Volunteers have been supporting the creation of this piece by helping with local harvest, leaf stripping and construction. Prepared bundles of saplings line both sides of the walkway.

Bundles of stripped saplings ready for inclusion

Temporary in nature, the sculpture will remain on view through the end of August 2018.

Stickwork Installation, Patrick Dougherty, Ackland Art Museum, 2017

Stickwork Installation, Patrick Dougherty, Ackland Art Museum, 2017

 

19 thoughts on “What To Do With Tree Saplings

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      He made an incredible one a couple years ago at the local botanical garden that was fun to walk around in. Can’t wait to explore this one from within.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      These large-scale inventions would be out of the question for me, but I’m glad he enjoys making them. I’ve seen several over the years and find them fascinating.

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  1. Kris P

    These are so interesting! Is he the same artist that created the structures on display near the Reston Town Center in Virginia back in June? I missed those in person when we were there for the Fling but saw a couple of posts on them.

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  2. Christina

    Thanks for sharing these Susie; they are beautiful. I also like the idea of art being ephemeral, and not being ‘for ever’. The scale makes them impressive and I can only try to imagine walking around inside one.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Christina, I think you were at the NC Botanical Garden with me when this artist had another large piece on display. That garden was our last stop that day as we headed home after a meal at Weathervane and we arrived too late to see much, just a few minutes before closing time. Wish we’d had more time together.

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      1. Christina

        I’d forgotten. When the internet comes back on I’ll look at my photographs. I wish we’d had more time together too and that it had been slightly less humid.

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