Holden Arboretum Debuts Huge New Sculpture Installation “Stickwork”

Something new is coming to Holden Arboretum this week.

On Saturday August 29, Holden Forest and Garden will officially unveil what it calls “an outdoor sculpture experience” called Stickwork, located in the Spruce Knoll. It’s designed by North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty, his first in northeast Ohio, although he’s already created similar works in more than 300 international locations.

Dougherty and his son Sam began work on the installation in early August, working every day with a team of volunteer to construct the work from willow sticks and branches. Visitors to the Arboretum have been able to see the work in progress.

The sculpture features mazes, towers and hedges containing faces and will be on view for at least a year, until its natural deterioration.

“We are thrilled to bring this whimsical outdoor sculpture to Northeast Ohio,” says HFG president/CEO Jill Koski. “Patrick Dougherty’s outdoor artistry celebrates our connections to the natural world, and we are all appreciating and relying upon the benefits of nature more and more these days.”

Stickwork is included with regular admission price: $15 for adults and $10 for ages 3-12. Currently pre-registration is required to visit the Arboretum.

You can see more of Dougherty’s work at stickwork.net

Dougherty will offer a free Zoom lecture about his work, “Primitive Ways in an Accelerated World” Friday, August 28 at 6pm. Register at holdenarb.org.


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