(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – December 27, 2018) Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden today announced that it would be celebrating the garden’s 40th Anniversary RUBY JUBILEE with another major new, family-friendly attraction:
Patrick Dougherty Entwined at Mounts Botanical Garden
‘A Community Build Project’
(January – June 2019)
North Carolina-based artist Patrick Dougherty is known for his Stickwork projects that combine both his carpentry skills and love of nature. Over the years, his work evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environmental works that require saplings by the truckload. Over the last 30 years, he has built over 250 of these works, and become internationally acclaimed. His sculpture has been seen from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the United States, including two Florida gardens (McKee Botanical in Melbourne and Pinecrest Gardens in Miami) and his recent massive project at Cincinnati’s Taft Museum of Art.
“Each one of Dougherty’s structures are completely original, as will be his Stickwork at Mounts,” says Rochelle Wolberg, Curator-Director at Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden, located just minutes from downtown West Palm Beach. “These giant, all natural structures take three weeks to hand-assemble and will be an interactive and environmental experience, perfect for adults and children to wander through, admire, and become part of a living art experience.”
Community Build Project
January 8-18 & 22-26
During the construction of TWISTED, Dougherty will be supported by more than 100 local volunteers including master gardeners, Mounts members, and representatives from such community organizations as Junior League, Legal Aid, Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension and multiple horticultural and plant societies, all working together to help build the Stickwork exhibition. Throughout this process, the artist will solicit naming suggestions from both volunteers and onlookers.
Note: Mounts Botanical Garden will be closed on Monday, January 21, for Martin Luther King Day.
Meet the Artist
Wednesday, January 16, 6 to 7 pm
This is the perfect opportunity to hear from Patrick Daugherty at the Stickworks installation site, followed by a book signing at Mounts Exhibit Hall A. The cost to attend is FREE for members, $10 for nonmembers.
The Naming Ceremony
Saturday, January 26, 5 to 6:30 pm
Mounts members and Community Build volunteers are invited to a special sneak peek of the new Stickworks exhibit at Mounts, at which artist Patrick Dougherty will announce the official name of the project. Starting on Sunday, January 27, the public can visit Mounts and experience the completed TWISTED Stickworks exhibition.
Hours & Admission for TWISTED
Daily – 10 am to 4 pm
The Great Lawn Area
FREE for Mounts members; $10 for nonmembers; $5 for children ages 5-12
Tickets are available for purchase at the Garden’s main gate. To schedule a group tour, call 561-233-1757.
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