From their Branches: Patrick Dougherty Installation 2015
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,”
they say, “and you, too, have come
into the world to do this, to go easy,
to be filled with light, and to shine.”
- Mary Oliver
It was about 30 yrs ago when I happened upon the work of sculptor Patrick Dougherty and was instantly enthralled. As a young girl who liked to play in the woods, climb trees, and build things like forts and tree houses - Patrick's work touched that part of me and transported me to a time when anything I could imagine was real. It was my wish that one day I would help him build an installation.
In February I heard that Mr. Doughtery was coming to Reston to create an installation and I could hardly believe it. I immediately contacted GRACE and volunteered to be on his team. Long story short, for the last three weeks I've been living my dream atop a scaffolding bending sticks. It has been an extraordinary experience for which I am very VERY grateful.
I would like to invite all of you to join us at the celebration in Reston Town Square Park on Saturday April 25th!!!
Family Activities 2pm- 5pm
Opening Reception 5pm - 7pm
Below are some photos of the creation in process. I hope you enjoy them. May these words and images inspire you.
Labels: art and craft