Yesterday, you heard about Patrick Dougherty’s sculpture of swirling saplings for the new gallery building. Maybe you noticed that we didn’t refer to it by its title. It wasn’t an omission; it was because it doesn’t have one yet. And that’s where you come in!
For Patrick, sculpture is about conversation, about openness between the artist and the viewer. His creations are more than great visual art; they are a form of social art.
His monumental stick sculptures are typically commissioned for outdoor spaces—parks, museums, universities, the side of a Max Azria store in Los Angeles—where Dougherty and a team of volunteers build from scratch over the course of numerous weeks. And not surprisingly, Dougherty’s work attracts a lot of attention! And he embraces it!
He’s known to put down his sticks, and talk about his work with anyone who pauses long enough. The stares, opinions, and questions—he sees each interaction as an opportunity to bring the casual viewer into his art. And ultimately, those conversations inform his sculptures, sometimes their shape or direction, and even their name.
While, we can’t open the doors to the new building in the midst of moving hundreds of priceless works of art, we’re doing the next best thing—sharing the installation with you via Flickr. We invite you to take a look and help Patrick name the new work of art.
Come on, let’s talk!