Natural History

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    • Natural History by Patrick Dougherty. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Natural History by Patrick Dougherty. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Patrick DoughertyPatrick Dougherty
    • Andy Lynch with Natural History.Andy Lynch with Natural History.
    • Andy Lynch (center), assistant to Patrick Dougherty, with Emily Dinan (left), BBG's compost project coordinator, and Johnathan Chan (right), a BBG volunteer inside Natural History at BBG.Andy Lynch (center), assistant to Patrick Dougherty, with Emily Dinan (left), BBG's compost project coordinator, and Johnathan Chan (right), a BBG volunteer inside Natural History at BBG.
    • BBG staff and volunteers with artist Patrick Dougherty and his sculpture Natural History. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.BBG staff and volunteers with artist Patrick Dougherty and his sculpture Natural History. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.

    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 ideas had been discussed in the days leading up to its completion, but in the end it was an overheard conversation between a young visitor and his mother that gave rise to the title Natural History.

    BBG is honored to exhibit Natural History in the Plant Family Collection meadow and encourages visitors to wander within its inspired woven-wood walls. The sculpture will remain on the grounds for one year, changing over time with the seasons and weather.


    Comments

    September 18, 2010
    Diana Epstein

    Amazing… this is so amazing and the Garden should be very thankful for the artists work… the New York Botanic Garden has a show around Christmas time of moving trains made of twigs, sap, and leaves.. I think our art is just as exciting and maybe more so…


    November 11, 2010
    kaye lane

    I’m trying to plan activites for Thanksgiving guests. It would be nice if there was information about your Christmas displays on line !



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