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Saying Goodbye to Natural History

Alien Versus Elephant

In August 2010, artist Patrick Dougherty and a team of volunteers constructed a sculpture out of sticks. Since then, tens of thousands of BBG visitors have explored Natural History with a sense of wonder and delight. If you came upon it from a distance, and you might have noticed its elephant-like shape. From the inside,

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Natural History

Natural History

On August 21, Patrick Dougherty finished his stickwork at BBG. Taking just over 2 weeks to complete, the piece is an incredible installation that beckons to be explored by children and adults alike. On the final day of construction, Dougherty and his assistant Andy Lynch debated what the official title should be. Many

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Exploration and Inspiration with the Dougherty Sculpture

Dougherty Artist's Talk for Members

On Wednesday evening BBG members were able to enjoy the garden after hours and explore Patrick Dougherty's woven-wood sculpture. With the five "lairs" now complete, Dougherty and volunteers will be working until Friday on the final cosmetic weaving that will make the work a finished piece. After members had time to

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Artist’s Talk on Wednesday, August 18

Dougherty 8/16

Patrick Dougherty and his team of volunteers went back to work on the woven-wood sculpture today after a well-deserved break this past weekend. Several of the lairs are completed with only three left under construction and some finishing details left to be added. Dougherty anticipates that the sculpture will be completed by

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Taking a Short Break

Taking a Break

The lairs are gaining form and detail, as volunteers help weave in layers of saplings for texture and strength. Visitors (especially kids) can't resist exploring. Patrick Dougherty is taking a break this weekend. Stop by next week to see him and the crew finishing the work. And if you can make it to BBG this weekend, don't

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First Section of Installation Complete

Dougherty 8/11

Today scaffolding was removed from the first completed section of the Dougherty installation. There are several more sections yet to be completed, but having the chance to wander into one of the picturesque structures this afternoon was pretty awe inspiring. It is a true delight to see wood woven so intricately together

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