Patrick Dougherty: Creature Comforts
Site Specific Sculpture
In front of Armstrong Hall, intersection of Cache La Poudre & Cascade
From October 27 to November 14, 2008, internationally renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty will create a site-specific, temporary sculpture on the Colorado College campus. The sculpture will remain for two years.
In the last twenty years, Patrick Dougherty has created over 150 sculptures in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Comprised of hundreds of woven tree saplings and twigs, Dougherty’s unique, site-specific sculptures integrate natural and man-made environments. Simultaneously intricate and effortless, the sculptures seem almost to have been made through a force of nature, swirled together by prairie winds, or constructed by birds.
Here is the future site of the sculpture:
The sculpture is in progress on the west side of Armstrong Hall (NE corner of Cascade Ave and Cache La Poudre St). Here are some pictures from the first week of the project, which involved gathering the willow and saplings for the structure and beginning construction. Note that all materials involved are sustainably harvested, ie they all grow back very quickly as the plants are not killed but rather trimmed. These sticks came from an area that must be maintained regularly per mandates by the Army Corps of Engineers.