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Weaving a Nest

Dougherty Installation 8/10

This morning I had the chance to volunteer to weave sticks (some the size of small trees!), and I have to rave about the experience. What a terrific way to step out of the office and into the Garden. People were so curious as we wove ourselves more and more into the piece. And we could hear (but not necessarily see) the

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Day Five of the Dougherty Installation

Dougherty Installation 8/9

Even when the Garden is closed to visitors on Mondays, a lot goes on behind the gates. With the scaffolding now in place and volunteers working through the weekend and today, the Patrick Dougherty installation is really starting to take shape. It's amazing to see how much the sculpture has grown and changed since

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Patrick Dougherty Installation in Progress

Patrick Dougherty Installation

On August 5 Patrick Dougherty began work on-site at BBG for his sculptural installation. While volunteers worked to clean the sticks and saplings that were gathered from Ocean Breeze Park, BBG staff worked with Dougherty to dig holes where the main structural pieces will be placed. On Friday, August 6 work began to

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Harvesting Woody Plant Material on Staten Island

Harvesting Woody Material for Patrick Dougherty Installation

For three days in early August, a group of intrepid volunteers helped harvest the saplings that will become artist Patrick Dougherty's latest construction, a woven-wood sculpture created in honor of BBG's Centennial. On Tuesday I joined the crew that collected the woody material at Ocean Breeze Park on Staten Island.

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