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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