“O Say Can You See” Garden sculpture creation complete
After three weeks of weaving work, the Patrick Dougherty sculpture at U.S. Botanic Garden is complete. The sculpture, woven from thousands of plant saplings and branches, stands 15-feet-tall and 25-feet-wide. Dougherty has titled the sculpture “O Say Can You See.”
“I’m really excited to be here, participating in the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Botanic Garden,” said Dougherty. “We’ve tried to make a sculpture that really excites people’s imagination. Visitors might think of fond memories in nature like playing with sticks as a child, a first kiss under a lilac bush or a nice walk in the woods, or maybe think of other items they’ve seen in nature like a bird nest they’ve just seen somewhere in the Garden.”
Visitors are invited to touch and walk through the sculpture, which will be on display through the end of December 2020.
View a time-lapse of the three-week creation process, photos of the complete sculpture, and more at www.USBG.gov/Dougherty
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Botanic Garden.
To kick off celebration of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Botanic Garden’s (USBG) original 1820 charter, the Garden is collaborating with renowned stickwork artist Patrick Dougherty to create a custom sculpture to stand throughout the 2020 celebratory year.
Dougherty, who hails from North Carolina, is known around the world for his installations woven from plant materials, which celebrate nature through both materials and visually flowing lines. Over 30 years, he has built more than 250 stickwork sculptures, from Scotland to Japan to all over the United States. D.C.-area residents might remember his gallery-filling installation in the popular “Wonder” exhibit at the reopening of Renwick Gallery.