|Acclaimed woven-wood artist Patrick Dougherty has installed a one-of-a-kind outdoor sculpture at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. With more than 1000 hours of help from local volunteers--as well as the expert assistance of Five Rivers MetroParks personnel--Dougherty created a nearly 200-foot-long tunnel that coils sinuously around Wegerzyn's North Plaza. Woven entirely of willow branches that had been encroaching upon the fishing lakes at Englewood MetroPark, the sculpture has openings that invite the visitor to explore its rustic interior and to enjoy beautiful views of Wegerzyn's formal gardens.
Photo by Bill Franz
Dubbed "A Wiggle in Its Walk," our serpentine sculpture is quite distinctive from Dougherty's past creations, which are reminiscent of nests, lairs, vessels, and mythic shelters. He took full advantage of the North Plaza's central location, clear visibility from four directions, strong geometric presence, and proximity to the Children's Discovery Garden. The sculpture will remain standing until December 2013, after which the material will be transferred to Wegerzyn’s composting facility.
Photo by Ed Lehman
The sculpture has served to narrow the widening gap between the “plugged-in generation” and the natural environments by encouraging children to explore and appreciate the natural world and to recognize the need to preserve it.
The Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation raised over $68,000 for this exhibit and the Branching Out programs. Freund, Freeze and Arnold, the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, and The Marjorie M. Ivey Charitable Fund of the Greater Saint Louis Community are lead sponsors. WYSO is our media sponsor.
PATRICK DOUGHERTY Photo by Kaye Carlile
Location of sculpture: Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark
1301 E. Siebenthaler Avenue, Dayton OH 45414
GPS: Latitude: 39.798605, Longitude: -84.205017
SCHEDULE: April 2011 to December 2013.
Free and open to the public during park hours:
April 1 - October 31, 8 am – 10 pm
November 1 - March 31, 8 am – 8 pm
Closed Christmas and New Year's Day
Closed on September 12, 2013 (Private Event)